What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an ancient eastern spiritual practice and philosophy that involves participating in your life with awareness and an accepting and compassionate attitude toward self and others. Mindfulness combines logical analysis, emotional experience and intuitive knowing. This promotes physical and psychological well-being, which is now supported by modern scientific research. Mindfulness can be a form of meditation, an activity and a way of life.
Mindfulness skills are useful for general stress management and in managing many psychological and physical problems. They are a central component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy . They are also compatible with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy.
Mindfulness Skills can help you:
1) learn how to focus your attention;
2) observe your current experience (thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions), in a non-judgmental, open and receptive way;
3) stay focused and fully appreciate your current experience rather then tuning out or being in automatic pilot mode;
4) manage and decrease the negative impact of physical and emotional pain or suffering;
5) feel more relaxed and contented; and
6) participate in your life and relationships more effectively.