Mindfulness is basically the act of being aware of your current experience, and encapsulates practices that promote our awareness of the moment. Its practice emanates from that of Buddhist monks who used such techniques. One can be mindful doing a multitude of activities, but common ways of cultivating the practice are through yoga and mindfulness meditation. The goal of mindfulness meditation is to bring the mind under greater control, but focusing the attention on aspects of the person’s current experience, in a non-judgmental way.
It has been shown that more intensive practice of mindfulness can decrease rumination, impact on stress and depressive symptoms and improve cognitive flexibility and attentional functioning.
So how can you start practicing and learning? There’s no definitive answer to this, but here are some ideas:
Dr Frances Dawson,
Senior Clinical Psychologist