Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to ourselves and our experience in the moment, as it occurs, helping us become more aware of our thoughts, emotions & phsyical sensations. By becoming more aware of our automatic, habitual ways of reacting we can learn to respond rather than react, make better choices and meet challenges more skillfully. Instead of reacting or being overwhelmed by them, we learn to accept and make more considered and appropriate choices about how we want to live our lives. We learn to accept how things are for better or worse.
Mindfulness can help us to be more open to our experience, learn to be more accepting of how things are and become kinder to ourselves instead of critical and disapproving.
Mindfulness can be achieved through meditation, or by practicing informal mindfulness through daily living. Simply focusing on the present moment and quietening your inner dialogue can help you
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
There are numerous research articles to show the benefits of mindfulness, some of these are:
• Skillful observation of habitual and reactive patterns • Improved self esteem & self confidence • Manage anxiety, depression, panic more effectively • Promotes physical well being; reduced blood pressure, better immune function • Greater sense of emotional well being • Inreased self awareness • Become less reactive to unpleasant experiences • Better management of chronic pain • Experience more balance and less emotional ups and downs • Develop self acceptance and self compassion The UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence, (NICE), see (http://www.nice.org.uk/) has recommended Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for treatment of recurrent depression since 2004.
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PRACTICING MINDFULNESS HELPS YOU:
• become fully present, here and now • become more connected to yourself, others and the world around you • become less judgmental of yourself and others • become less reactive to unpleasant experiences • experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely • learn to distance yourself from your thoughts • to have more direct contact with the world rather than living through your thoughts • to experience more calm and peacefulness • to develop self acceptance and self compassion.