Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our experience – body sensations, breath, thoughts and emotions – from moment to moment in a kindly, curious way.
Mindfulness has been practised around the world for more than 2,500 years. In 1979,
Jon Kabat-Zinn started using traditional meditation techniques and principles at his stress reduction clinics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
There is now a huge evidence base of research to support the value of mindfulness meditation. Regular practice not only improves general health and wellbeing, but can also help overcome the effects of stress, chronic pain, anxiety and many other conditions.
Mindfulness currently has a high profile in the media, and there are lots of courses and workshops on offer. It is worth checking the Mental Health Foundation’s BeMindful website to find a teacher near you who follows the Good Practice Guidelines.