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....

  • A religious practice - though it has it's origins in Buddhism, modern mindfulness is non-religious and open to everyone from all faiths and none.
  • Time consuming - home practice meditations start at 10 minutes long.
  • Relaxation exercises - though it can be relaxing, mindfulness practice has much wider benefits than simple relaxation methods.
  • Counselling or psychotherapy - it is a process of learning skills that will hopefully be integrated into your daily life.
  • An alternative to conventional medical treatments - mindfulness sits alongside all regular medical management.