Stress Reduction through Awareness
The kind of moment to moment awareness invoked by tuning into your breath and to every other aspect of your life is called MINDFULNESS. It is developed by purposefully paying attention in a non-judgmental way, to what is going on in your body and mind, and in the world around you. Staying in touch in this way from one moment to the next creates a shift in awareness which may lead to seeing things somewhat differently, perhaps to feeling less stuck, or to a sense of having more options, more strength, more wisdom and clarity and more confidence in your possibilities.
The Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course was designed and developed in the
1970’s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (author of “Full Catastrophe Living”) and his colleagues in Massachusetts, USA, in order to help people cope better with stress, chronic pain and long-term illness. It was further developed into the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for depression (MBCT) by Williams, Teasdale and Segal, and is promoted by the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice at the University of Wales, Bangor.
The course that I teach is based on both of these Mindfulness approaches. Read more...
Considerable scientific evidence-based research has demonstrated the success of these methods in promoting change and working with difficulties. MBCT is now included in the guidelines of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
For further information on the research please see the website of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice: www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness
Who can benefit from mindfulness training?
and other long-term illnesses.