You’ve probably heard about mindfulness as a wellbeing concept - it seems to be everywhere at the moment. But what does it mean?
what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mind-body approach that teaches us to pay attention to the present moment in a non-judgemental way, particularly through simple breathing and meditation practices. It’s about being paying attention to whatever is going on inside and outside of yourself at any one time.
If that sounds a bit ‘New Age’, I can understand your reservations. I never thought of myself as a mindfulness-type person until I attended a class by chance a few years ago. Since then, I’ve found regular mindfulness practice so beneficial that I’m now an accredited mindfulness teacher with the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation.
Some facts about mindfulness:
Mindfulness is underpinned by a strong and credible evidence base
The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends mindfulness practices
There is clinical evidence that mindfulness can help people concentrate better and aides their creativity
There is also evidence that mindfulness can help with relaxation and sleep Mindfulness is reported by various credible sources to help with anxious thoughts, low moods and everyday stresses
I teach mindfulness to individuals on a one-to-one basis as well as offer customised mindfulness training for groups and organisations.
I am also licensed to deliver the Mindfulness Now programme. This offers a structured and integrated approach to using mindfulness techniques to help build emotional resilience.
When teaching mindfulness, my ethos is to deliver it in a secular, science-based way using techniques that you can easily adapt into your own life. No candles, incense, chakras or lotus positions are involved - although I have nothing against any of these!