What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice of personal development whose origins lie in ancient Buddhist philosophy and practice. More recently these ideas and techniques have been restructured as a very effective therapy for stress and anxiety and called Mindfulness. Mindfulness refers to a particular state of conscious awareness where we are intentionally focused on the present moment in a non-judgemental and accepting way. In its simplest terms Mindfulness is about observation, really focusing the attention on your present moment experience and trying not to judge it whether it be good, bad or indifferent. Letting go of any need to change or analyse your experience and accepting it – just as it is. When we can achieve this state of consciousness it has significant benefits for our mental and physical well being and can help us to respond more flexibly to difficult experiences.