A few years ago there was a lot around about mindfulness having a curious mind I decided to look into it. In 2015 I trained with Mindfulness Now and became a mindfulness teacher and coach.
I then started to teach mindfulness on a 1 -1 basis and later on I started to run groups over an eight week programme. Mindfulness ties into cognitive hypnotherapy very well and I use it with clients along with other technics to help get them to where they want to be!
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them. You come to realise that thoughts come and go off their own accord; that you are not your thoughts. You can watch as they appear in your mind, seemingly from thin air, and watch again as they disappear, like a soap bubble bursting. You come to the profound understanding that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are transient. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe being still and in the moment.
History of Mindfulness
Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR) was developed in 1990 by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the university of Massachusetts, MBSR wa a pioneering interaction of mindfulness meditation practices into an accessible and proactive eight session programme with psycho - educational support. At the time this was a major breakthrough from psychological/medical models treating stress and it has received very wide enthusiastic support and is being increasingly adopted into mainstream medical approaches world-wide.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the research-backed stress-reduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), explains how mindfulness lights up parts of our brains that aren’t normally activated when we’re mindlessly living such busy lives.
Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”