What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that is now scientifically validated and embraced by Western psychology for a range of difficulties. Mindfulness is the state of conscious awareness to our here-and-now experience without judgment, to appreciate the fullness of each moment of life to increase life satisfaction. Mindfulness skills can be cultivated in many ways and not only through meditation.
There are now a number of therapies that incorporate mindfulness into their application (e.g. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and these have been shown to be effective in helping with things such as stress, low mood and in developing compassion. Whereas many therapeutic approaches seek to actively change the way in which we think about things, those that incorporate mindfulness seek more to increase awareness and connection with what you are experiencing, without judgement and without actively engaging in thinking as an immediate reaction. They encourage us to be open, to be curious and to be accepting of both our internal and external world.
Our psychologists are trained in mindfulness, which we can adapt to meet your unique needs.
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So I’m a week into my ‘Mindful In May’ challenge and as part of this I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes each day and trying to do a daily activity mindfully (e.g. showering or brushing my teeth). And it’s bloody hard! Finding the time to fit it in has been surprisingly tricky, not […]