Mindfulness is a life-enhancement skill and approach to living which can deepen a person’s sense of well-being and fulfillment. It involves learning to notice what is occurring in one’s present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance.
It is about being in touch with ourselves, with others and our surroundings in the present moment, so we can feel more connected, real and alive.
Mindfulness is accessible to every one of us and one which most of us have experience during some moments of our lives.
Perhaps we have felt this in more peaceful moments, when we have been present in places of natural beauty. Perhaps we have felt this in some heightened moments, being with a loved one, during the birth of a child, or even being present with someone who is dying.
During our stressful lives, we are often busy juggling a number of tasks and pre-occupations at the same time, and none of our actions or thoughts receives our full attention. This is our ordinary state of mind, and not exactly a peaceful one. We can spend a good part of our lives like this, not being fully present and therefore missing most of the moments in which we live.
We find we are living our lives on a sort of automatic pilot. Our stressful lives certainly contribute to this way of being, but when it becomes our habitual state, it can also be associated with a number of stress related health problems.
When we can get in touch with qualities of mindfulness, we may find we can get in touch with a sense of brightness, a clarity of purpose, a sense of playfulness, creativity and inner peace.
Mindfulness is about being more fully present in our lives, embracing all of our experiences, and most importantly, changing the relationship we have towards our suffering.
What people said about mindfulness
“Mindfulness has given me a sense of sanity, peace and acceptance. I can now put all my thoughts to good use and honour the body I have. I understand that life is a sense of moments, so we must make them count!”
“Mindfulness is an application that cannot be learned in theory alone. The importance of practice is so important. The course has developed a range of practices that could not have been developed through other teaching methods”.
“It has transformed my (professional) practice and given me a sense of the possibility of a fundamental psychological revolution, of giving up constant becoming and striving and living with the process of learning from moment to moment”.
“This has been part of a process of change in some life style choices for me. It has helped me lose weight, relax and enjoy life more”.