Introduction to Mindfulness
8-Week Course Mindful Self-Compassion
Mindfulness for Teachers
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Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
in the present moment, and non-judgmentally
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness works in every moment of life
Mindfulness works in ordinary ways - every day of your life
Mindfulness refers to being wholeheartedly present to the everyday moments in our life. Being mindful means paying full attention to each moment, in a kind and non-judgmental way. Often we either don't pay attention to what we are experiencing, or we resist it, or wish we were somewhere else doing something else. We may struggle in vain to stay on top of things, or try to change them without much success. Mindfulness offers a different way of relating to our life and experiences. Developing mindfulness is both simple and challenging. We learn these skills through meditation techniques, e.g. focusing on the breath or body, and exercises to integrate mindful attention in our daily life.
Once we do start to turn our attention to our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the people and situations around us, and do so with a kind and accepting attitude, we often find that our relationship to our experience changes fundamentally. We discover more pleasure in small unexpected moments, and greater freedom to deal with the struggles and stresses of life in a calm and constructive way. As we cultivate this attitude of mindfulness, we tend to find a growing sense of peace and ease in the way we live our life.
The practice of Mindfulness originated in the teachings of the Buddha, who lived some 2500 years ago. After years of searching he came to the conclusion that the way to a happy life lies in being awake to whatever is present, in ourselves and our surroundings. As Buddhism became wider known in the West over the last century, these Mindfulness teachings have been adapted for many non-religious and therapeutic applications, broadly called mindfulness-based approaches. These teach people the Mindfulness meditation techniques in a practical and secular (non-religious) way. The main mindfulness-based approaches are Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as suitable treatment for recurring depression. Scientific research into Mindfulness has expanded greatly in the past few decades.
You can read more in related pages:
Mindfulness → Benefits and Applications
Mindfulness → Is Mindfulness for Me
Mindfulness → Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness → Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Resources → Research
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