Mindfulness

History
Mindfulness meditation is a 2,400 year old Buddhist practice that has been adopted by healthcare services, individuals and businesses because of the positive effects it can bring.

Definition
Mindfulness is a state of mind that significantly enhances our lives whether we’re in the state of stress or in state of happiness.

Mindfulness has been defined by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the person that introduced mindfulness into western healthcare, in the following way:

Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.

Mindfulness and unhappiness
When stressed or distracted, the techniques we learn while meditating, allow us to refocus our attention on the present moment. Our worries are seldom about what is happening in the present moment but are what we think may happen in the future or has happened in the past.

Mindfulness and happiness
When we are happy and enjoying life, mindfulness enhances the quality of our experience. Mindfulness is not an altered state but an enhanced quality to our present moment experience free of distracting thoughts, judgments and emotions.

Mindfulness meditation and the associated practices enable us to bring mindfulness into our daily lives.

Mindfulness now
Many scientific studies have been performed over the last few years which outline the benefits of mindfulness. These benefits are so overwhelming that mindfulness meditation has been adopted by the national health service as a major therapeutic practice for people with recurrent depression or suffering from significant stress.
Mindfulness is also taught at many forward thinking businesses and frontline organisations.

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