What is Mindfulness and why it's for YOU?
'THE AWARENESS THAT ARISES FROM PAYING ATTENTION, ON PURPOSE, IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, NON-JUDGMENTALLY'
Mindfulness originated in Buddhist thinking and practice over 2500 years ago, to address and relieve self-induced suffering, caused by the ways in which we tend to respond to our experience. In the 1970's Jon Kabat-Zinn, at the University of Massachusetts, developed an eight week programme for patients experiencing severe pain - MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Later, Mark Williams, at the University of Oxford, used this to develop MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) to help patients with depression.
MBSR and MBCT are the two most well-researched and evidence-based mindfulness programmes available. They can help reduce stress, prevent low mood or depression and generally allow people to be happy, joyful and at peace.
'YOU CAN'T STOP THE WAVES, BUT YOU CAN LEARN TO SURF'