What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is our natural ability to be fully present. It’s the quality of engagement necessary if we want to bring all of our capabilities to the moment. To practice mindfulness means to orientate ourselves through attention and feeling to what is current in our experience.
Being mindful allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and quality of life. Often our attention follows restrictive and repetitive patterns, which cause us to focus more on the past or future than what is happening right now. Mindfulness practices enable us to recognise and overcome the many ways that we tend to get caught in rumination, distractions and resistance. They make use of the inherent ability of our mind and body to rebalance and sustain well-being, and discover positive new perspectives, solutions and responses to the challenges of life.
The application of mindfulness-based interventions is supported by a growing empirical evidence base that is validating their benefits.