What is Mindfulness?


"Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally."

Jon Kabat-Zinn

“…the art of staying in the moment and accepting what is. Because it is already here."

Vidyamala Burch

What Mindfulness is....

  • Meditation practices done sitting, lying, standing or walking.
  • Discovering ways of living more mindfully every day.
  • Gentle mindful movements.
  • Developing moment to moment awareness of your body, breath, thoughts and sensations.
  • Learning new ways of working with thoughts and difficult experiences.
  • Extending kindness and compassion to ourselves and others.
  • Creating space to respond in a better way to our experiences.

What Mindfulness isn't...

  • Mindfulness is not a religious practice - though it has it's roots in Buddhist practice modern mindfulness is a secular practice and is open to those from alll faiths and none.
  • It doesn't need to be time consuming - home practice meditations start at 10 minutes long.
  • Meditations are not simply relaxation exercises - though it can be relaxing, mindfulness is a much more serious and powerful practice.
  • Mindfulness courses are not counselling or psychotherapy - it is a process of learning skills that will hopefully be integrated into your daily life for the long term.
  • Mindfulness should not be considered as an alternative to conventional medical treatments - mindfulness sits alongside all regular medical management.