Mindfulness is learning to be in the moment, of being in a state of active and open attention to the present, rather than worrying about the future or the past. Learning to focus on feelings rather than pushing them away.
Evidence suggests that regular mindful awareness practice changes how our body and brain respond to stress, possibly strengthening connections in the prefrontal cortex and reducing reactivity in our limbic system, supporting self-reflection and self-regulation. These functions also play a critical role in our overall health and wellbeing.
Mindful awareness can also be practiced during activities of daily life. For example, interpersonal mindfulness involves applying mindful awareness to our interactions with others. The informal practice of living mindfully involves keeping one’s mind open to possibilities in a non judgemental manner and maintaining the recognition that the level of our awareness at any given moment is mediated by our thoughts, emotions, and past experiences. This mindful way of living helps us to live in a way that is more reflective and accepting of different views.
Thirty years of informed basic research and, more recently, neuroscientific studies show that mindfulness training develops one’s concentration, attention, executive function, (planning, decision making, and impulse control), emotional balance, pro-social behaviour, compassionate action and promotes mental well- being.
Mindfulness is evidence based and recommended by Doctors in the NHS. It’s also used in the military, politicians, schools, banks, athletes, major corporations such as Google, Apple, Aetna, Bank of England. Cancer Research UK recommends mindfulness as a complementary therapy to help cancer patients cope with pain, insomnia and nausea.
This is some of the research and evidence that is available for mindfulness:
Building the case for Mindfulness at the Workplace – Publication by the Mindfulness Initiative
Mindfulness research relating to education
Mindful Nation UK – Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG)
This report is the culmination of over a year of research and inquiry including eight hearings in Parliament when members of the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group were able to hear first-hand and question some of those who have experienced the transformational impacts of mindfulness
I am an Accredited Mindfulness Trainer for Adults and Education with the EFT and Mindfulness Centre. I have been delivering mindfulness courses and workshops including mindful eating workshops for the last few years. I also facilitate mindfulness sessions at the workplace.
I have been practising meditation for over 10 years. Meditation including mindfulness have been my foundation of strength, resilience, self awareness, happiness, balance, grounding, self acceptance and self love.
It is part of my purpose to share this simple yet powerful practice to as many as possible in different ways. I have a vision of having a mindful world; mindful societies, mindful schools, mindful workplaces and mindful families so that we can live a more happy, fulfilled and successful life