Mindfulness meditation has its roots in ancient Buddhist philosophy 2500 years ago. Clinical trials have shown that mindfulness can help a wide range of conditions, from depression and anxiety, to cancer and HIV. While this type of meditation alone may not provide a cure for all these conditions, it does help people to cope better, and to reduce the stress they experience as a result. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in their guidelines for treating people with recurrent depression recommend mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. We have used it extensively for people experiencing workplace stress and also recommend it as a strategy of choice for perinatal mental well-being and chronic pain.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is not a religious or esoteric practice, it is something anyone can take up regardless of religion, culture or creed. Essentially, mindfulness could be described as “mindful awareness.” It teaches people to become aware of things they might not normally be aware of, thoughts, bodily sensations, sights, sounds, etc. The subtle manifestations normally overlooked when either we are too busy getting caught up in the stress of daily living, or wrapped up in our thoughts and worries. It teaches people to focus and attend to the present moment, deliberately but without judgement, not getting caught up in the incessant rumination and the associated stress it generates.
Mindfulness practice covers three broad elements:
The development of conscious awareness – arising from a variety of different mindfulness practices such as breath awareness, body scan, sitting meditation, mindful movement and informal present moment awareness.
Cultivating an attitude of awareness – The principles of mindfulness encourages the development of kindness, curiosity and openness to the unfolding of moment by moment experience.
An appreciation of human vulnerability – In particular linked to acceptance of human frailty and the nature of vulnerability, through dialogue, reflection, experience and teaching. Learning to acceptance as an alternative to fighting and suffering.
Why not book a small block of sessions and learn to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.
Free Mindfulness MP3's
We have provided some free relaxation MP3's that you can play on the website or download to listen to anytime. Do download the files, right click the links below and click 'Save As'.
Seated Body Scan (10 Minutes) - Download