Mindfulness may have been born out of Buddhism but it has developed into a concept with ever growing popularity in counselling, psychology and in everyday life. It is a ‘way of being’ which can promote benefits to anyone willing to embrace some relatively simple techniques – and willing to accept that this is not a religious practice designed only for those willing to sit cross legged on the floor and to embrace New Age techniques. The concept considers that we can become so busy trying to process past worries and anticipating future ones that we rarely fully experience our feelings and senses in the here and now.
Living mindfully is so much more accessible than you might think. Try these ideas as an introduction to the concept:-
Being mindful means noticing things in the moment – things which you would not normally take the time to see, hear, feel, taste, smell or maybe thoughts which you would normally not process in the here and now.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of modern day Mindfulness and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme said ‘Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.’ He helps people to quieten their minds though his practices and techniques.
Scientific studies have linked Mindfulness practice to anxiety reduction, depression prevention and improved pain management.
So what can it do for you right now?
…and potentially, a happier you!
To find out more about our Counsellors and Mindfulness in Birmingham and the way they work visit the our counsellors page at Birmingham Counselling Services