Mindfulness


Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple, age-old practise, that connects us to our natural sense of presence. In recent decades Medicine and Science have come to recognise the capacity of mindfulness to enhance the quality of our lives in many areas including stress reduction, pain management, depression & anxiety.

 

Mindfulness is about bringing awareness to our experience in the present moment through attention to breath, sensation, thought and emotion. Practices using the everyday functions of sitting, walking, body awareness and stretching are used to focus awareness on each moment with an attitude of enquiry, acceptance and kindness. The intention is to allow us to be fully present with less judgement and expectation, facing our experiences as they actually are, rather than coloured by historical ways of thinking of past and future experiences. This approach was pioneered by Jon Kabat- Zinn at the Massachusetts Medical Centre working with patients with long-term illness and chronic pain and has been further developed by John Teasdale, Zindel Seagal and Mark Williams in combating recurring depression. Further international research continues to explore wider applications of these skills. UK centres include the Universities of Bangor, Oxford and Exeter.

 

I run 8-week Mindfulness Stress Reduction courses as well as themed workshops for people with some experience of Mindfulness practise.