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, interest and receptiveness. 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, letting them come and go 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.

Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn (2003), author of several books on the healing power of mindfulness practice and the creator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program describes mindfulness as “Paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment”.

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.

The practise of mindfulness allows us to become more present, relaxed and open to experiences as they are as well as deal with situations with greater clarity, less fear and tension.

 

Scientists have discovered that mindfulness helps to improve physical and mental health in a number of ways, it:

– increases the ability to manage and cope with stress, difficulty, pain and low mood

– lessens anxiety and depression

– reduces tension, irritability and fatigue

– helps to treat heart disease

– reduces chronic pain

– improves sleep

– leads to a greater vitality, enthusiasm and happiness

– promotes self-confidence

– improves the quality of relationships

– re-awakens a sense of meaning and purpose in life

 

 

Mindfulness courses in Dublin - Agata Canning psychotherapist