THE SCIENCE OF A MEANINGFUL LIFE
Mindfulness helps us to become more aware of our internal experiences (thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations) and external experiences (our environment and interpersonal interactions), as they are happening in the present moment. Mindfulness practice is essentially a form of awareness training.
Based on the ancient Buddhist meditation practice, mindfulness skills can be learned and practised by anyone to help deal with physical or emotional pain, stress and the challenges of everyday life, no matter what their religious or cultural background.
Practising mindfulness can give us more insight into our emotions, boost our concentration and self-confidence, improve our relationships and give us a real sense of well-being. It is proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on long-term health conditions such as chronic pain, heart problems, COPD, diabetes and headaches.
There is a considerable amount of research on the effectiveness of mindfulness in a wide variety of contexts. Over the past thirty years, mindfulness skills have been taught with great effect in mental health settings as well as in corporations, schools, prisons and government agencies. Mindfulness is endorsed by the NHS and recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as being effective for improving our physical and mental health
” Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”