I have been practising mindfulness for over ten years and I use it in my approach to psychotherapy. Mindfulness is a way of bringing awareness to our here-and-now experience with openness and interest. It is about living in the present moment, engaging fully in what we are doing rather than getting lost in our thoughts, allowing our feelings to be as they are without trying to control them. Mindfulness is about teaching the mind to develop a different – less reactive and less distressing relationship with thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Practising mindfulness leads to a greater sense of clarity, awareness and calm as well as reduces suffering, tension and pain. It is very helpful in dealing with anxiety and stress.