What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about being present to the every day moments of our life, with a kindly and accepting awareness. Being mindful allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions can affect our quality of life. Mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation practice. Mindfulness meditation practices have been formalised in researched programmes such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Mindfulness programmes have proved helpful interventions for people suffering with a wide variety of health problems, including cancer, chronic pain, stress and anxiety, with MBCT recommended in NICE guidelines for preventing relapse in depression. Research shows that Mindfulness programmes can
- Reduce medical symptoms
- Reduce psychological distress
- Increase ability to relax
- Enhance self confidence
- Increase self compassion
- Help us live more fully in the present
Christina Shennan teaches Mindfulness Programmmes in Lytham and Preston, Lancashire.