In Asian languages [such as Mandarin], the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are the same word. So when we hear the word ‘mindfulness’, we have to inwardly also hear ‘heartfulness’ in order to grasp it even as a concept, and especially as a way of being.

~ Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is often defined as ‘paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment, This means developing the ability to pay deliberate attention to our experience from moment to moment. We learn to tune in to what is going on in our mind and body day to day without judging our experience.

We can also say that mindfulness is a way of developing our capacity of  “heart”, a kind of positive intimacy with  ourselves and with our very own lives,
 
 
 
Some of the benefits of mindfulness practice are:

  • increased sense of self awareness and confidence
  • increased sense of personal choice
  • decreased negative cognitive rumination or self talk
  • decreased anxiety and depression
  • decreased reactivity to painful thoughts and feelings
  • increases awareness of inner resources
  • increased ability to initiate positive behavioural changes
  • increased relaxation
  • normalised blood pressure
  • improved immune function
  • increased sense of wellbeing

With regular mindfulness practice many people report finding inner strengths and resources that help them make wiser decisions about their health and life in general.

The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently endorsed Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy(MBCT) as an effective treatment of prevention of relapse of depression.

 
 

 
Read more about our 8-Week MBSR Mindfulness course 

01202 021 063 or email Debbie Amos our Community Link Worker on

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Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
– M. Scott Peck