Relaxing The Mind Mindfulness Course Notes, Articles and Sound Files

by Sue on February 11, 2011

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening when it is happening.

Why Mindfulness?

Evidence shows that mindfulness training and practice can bring great benefit to everyday life. It helps to reduce depression, anxiety and stress and leads to a happier and more peaceful life. Its practice is approved by (NICE) and offered through the NHS for conditions that include depression and chronic pain.

Where does it come from?

Based on Eastern meditative traditions, it is a secular practice that nurtures the innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness is developed through systematic training using simple relaxation and

meditation techniques.

Who is it for?

Mindfulness practice supports our general well-being and quality of life. The simple meditation and relaxation techniques can be used anytime and anywhere to help develop peace and ease. Other benefits include a calmer mind, easier breathing, a trust in our innate wisdom, and an open, kind heart. Mindfulness enables every-day challenges as well as the bigger hurdles of life to be met with equanimity

How is it practiced?

Using simple meditation based techniques, mindfulness helps to develop greater concentration at work and play. Through regular practice an ability is developed that offers a balanced perspective on thoughts and feelings. Its focus on the here-and-now moment increases the vibrancy of everyday experience.

What is the background to Mindfulness Training?

It is based on Buddhist meditation techniques, but contemporary training in mindfulness is entirely secular. It was first used in a medical setting at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1981 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. see his book Full Catastrophe Living. Since then there have been many scientific studies that reveal the many benefits of mindfulness training in everyday life.