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Mindfulness draws from 2500 year old Buddhist practice and tradition. Mindfulness meditation practice is one way to truly experience the current moment and integrate that awareness into your everyday life.
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 be 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.
Shane Cooke – Your Mindfulness Teacher
Where did our practice come from?
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.
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:
- Beginner’s mind
- Letting go
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Mindfulness 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.
How / where do we practice?
- 1:1 -Private programmes
- Schools – Youth – University
- 4/8 Week programmes
- Day workshops
- Community events
- Wellbeing days/launches
- 1.5 hour taster sessions – Surrey only