Mindfulness meditation- a definition, quick guide, mindfulness courses, mindfulness practice, how to be mindful, emotional management, Professor Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness based stress reduction


What is mindfulness?

To be ‘mindful’ means directing your attention to your mind, the thoughts, emotions, your body – its feelings and your environment. 


Benefits of Mindfulness

Our lives and work are increasingly busy and complex. Technology drives speed of communication and action. We are not computers and yet we are trying to keep up. We are distracted and feel pressured and become more stressed.  We need to understand and work with these ever increasing demands on us and this takes a certain strength and cantering of mind.

  • Physical, emotional & spiritual well-being
    • Calm the mind & body
    • More enjoyment of life
    • See more opportunities
    • Manage yourself and others more effectively
    • Act (and not re-act) more positively in the moment
    • More control of stresses and less anxiety
    • Lower blood pressure and heart rate
    • Improve sleep quality
    • Improve stress-related illnesses
    • Reduce chronic conditions and pain
    • and more

How to Guide: Mindfulness practice

1) Become the observer - the nurturing the part of your consciousness whose sole purpose is to watch and notice but not become involved in what it notices. 

2) Learn to let-go - the letting go of these thoughts and feelings and resisting becoming hooked or involved with any of them; do not judge, simply accept them and move on. So when we build this ‘watching’ muscle so to speak we stay consciously aware of what’s happening in our minds without passing judgement about any of our experiences.  This is also described as being ‘in the present moment’, or simply ‘being’, not doing.

3) Focus on the space between the thoughts and expanding this space. And because our minds are constantly creating and moving this may not be as easy as it sounds, though it becomes easier with practice as this metaphorical muscle becomes stronger.

4) Stick with it and trust - Know there is no good or bad or perfect experience or outcome – only the practice of watching and not attaching. Whilst practicing we may drift into thought – as soon as you notice, gently and compassionately bring yourself back to watching and the ‘space’.

Mindfulness in a nutshell:  People sometimes think that meditation is about seeking purely spiritual answers. I hear things like it’s ‘naval-gazing’ or ‘that’s not my thing’,‘ I haven’t got the time’, or  ‘It sounds boring’.  There is more power in our human minds than we know – ‘being’ not ‘doing’ can unlock this power. ‘Being must be felt, it cannot be thought’ – A Mindfulness quote by Eckhart Tolle.

The incredible truth is we have this amazing thing called a brain and yet we never read the instruction manual or even take a moment’s look at its working.   Being mindful is an incredible way to take ownership of your most powerful facet – your mind. It can bring a huge range of benefits from calming to a greater sense of peace, to better clearer decision-making, over improved mental well-being, lessening of anxiety and more.

Read more in the seminal books of Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness Stress Reduction and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Like so many well worth things it takes a little time and trust to try them on for size to see how

Ask us about in-house courses or as part of a wider Emotional Intelligence programme. Sample courses;

  • Introduction to mindfulness course
  • 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course
  • Total Release Exercises - (more information at TRE.org)