"I have gained fresh perspective and an ability to re-see my thinking in the moment of a situation". Past participant
Who is mindfulness for?
In short, it's for everyone.
We live in a world that is changing on a daily basis, as well as juggling the pressures of work, study and family.
In addition, many people will be living with chronic pain or illness.
Through mindfulness training we can charnge our relationship with stress, pain and illness.
What is Mindfulness?
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, "mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."
Have you ever started driving somewhere only to get to your destination with no idea or memory of how you got there? Or maybe you started eating a chocolate bar and before you knew it you had the empty packet in your hand. These are examples of being on automatic pilot. It’s easy to lose awareness and become lost in our efforts to juggle our increasingly busy lives; we often become distracted with thoughts of what has gone wrong in the past, or worrying about the future.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, whatever is happening in the present moment. Of course we will still have to deal with the stresses of modern life, but we will develop the tools to see things more clearly and be able to respond rather than react. Mindfulness is a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding, which allows us to be fully present in our lives.
How can it help?
The more we practice mindfulness, the more we develop neuro-pathways in the brain associated with being mindful, which make it easier to be fully present.
By learning to experience the present moment as it really is, we develop the ability to step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events, see things as they really are and become more able to respond, rather than react.
"We can't stop the waves, but we can learn to surf"