not a therapy in itself but a specific way of being with our selves and the world around us which, research has evidenced, has a beneficial therapeutic effect on both physical and mental health as well as general well-being.
It is ‘the art of conscious living’ (Jon Kabat Zinn).
Mindfulness teaches us to focus our attention, as best we can, on immediate, direct, present moment sensory experiencing, rather than ‘mindlessly’ getting lost in thoughts about the past, present or future – which is often how we experience our day to day living.
Rooted in Buddhism it is now well recognised and respected as a secular practice with particular positive influence for those living with depression and / or chronic illness or pain.
Recent research shows that some Mindfulness-Based Courses can be as effective as anti-depressants in the treatment of recurrent depression.
[How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work? (Kuyken et al, 2010)]