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What is Meditation?

Meditation is an ancient practice that helps us go beyond our personalities into our sub conscious mind, deeper within our consciousness and ourselves so that we can experience a more profound and connected sense of our true being.

There are a few different forms of meditation such as mindful and transcendental to name only two, but the ancient concept stays the same.

Meditation continues to hold the fascination and respect of a long list of spiritual leaders, traditions, and religions.

The primary goal of meditation is to inspire peacefulness: spiritual connectedness, mental clarity, emotional tranquillity, and physical relaxation.

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“Clear your mind from thinking traps and be free from suffering”

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice is recognised by NICE 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a treatment for anxiety and depressive disorder.

 

First, it’s helpful to become familiar with the meaning of mindfulness, as well as how it relates to meditation. Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. We train in this moment-to-moment awareness through meditation, allowing us to build the skill of mindfulness so that we can then apply it to everyday life.

In teaching the mind to be present, we are teaching ourselves to live more mindfully — in the present, taking a breath, not beholden to reactive thoughts and feelings — which is particularly helpful when faced with challenging circumstances or difficult situations.

It might be said that mindfulness is a form of meditation, but the practice of mindfulness might not always be meditative. You might be present to this moment in all its glory, but you might not achieve a meditative state or move beyond the mind.

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Mindfulness Now offers a fusion of mindfulness based approaches including evidence based, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The latter, developed by Dr Mark Williams and colleagues of the University of Oxford and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, offers a breakthrough in the clinical treatment of depression, anxiety and emotional trauma and is recommended by ‘NICE’ as a treatment of choice for depression.

In 1979 Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre – Stress Reduction Clinic began developing a psycho-educational programme which became known as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This provides an integration of mindfulness meditation with proven psychotherapeutic approaches into an accessible and evidence based approach which has been taught worldwide.

Mindfulness Now accredited teachers (us) offer individual 1 to 1, as well as group sessions in mindfulness based practices. As well as teaching mindfulness meditation for relaxation, treatments are offered for stress reduction, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional trauma and pain control, including the 8 weeks mindfulness for wellbeing programme.

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Being Mindful

Jon Kabat-Zinn (1990) described seven attitudinal qualities that underpin Mindfulness practice, which are both the stance we bring to the practice and a consequence of it. He later added two more. These qualities are brought to the heart of the interaction between teacher and participant in a mindfulness session. The qualities are listed below:

  • Non-judging
  • Patience
  • Beginner’s mind
  • Trust
  • Non-striving
  • Acceptance
  • Letting go
  • Generosity
  • Gratitude

What are the benefits of Mindfulness practice ?

Practice can have numerous benefits, everything from decreased stress and sadness, increased level focus and happiness, pain reduction, better sleep, anxiety control, greater resilience, greater confidence and self esteem its a long list of evidence based research.

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