What is Mindfulness?

Helping-handIn simple terms, mindfulness is about noticing the world (both inner and outer), being present, curious, accepting and non-judgmental in our experience.

Mindfulness is an attentive, observant, and open attitude towards one’s own experience and mental and emotional states.

The theory and practice of mindfulness techniques has its roots in Buddhist meditation traditions, but has been developed further in modern contexts as a clinically proven approach to developing mental health and to controlling stress and pain. Mindfulness is a specific set of techniques that can be cultivated either through meditation classes or therapy and can be integrated into everyday life. It can be transformative beyond the solution of the specific problems and can enhance the quality of life as a whole.

The 14th Dalai Lama describes mindfulness as a comprehensive platform for developing self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation.

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”.

Our psychologists utilise mindfulness in therapy sessions. To make an appointment or find out more, freecall 1800 877 924.