Mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness, and is cultivated by paying attention, intentionally, to what is occurring in the present moment with an attitude of non-judgment, curiosity and kindness. Practicing mindfulness is about working skilfully and compassionately with the unfolding moments of our lives. The list of health, societal, economic, and political spheres in which mindfulness can make a profound difference is extensive.
Mindfulness is about becoming wakeful, embodied in our lives, and as such enhances the capacity for lowering reactivity to challenging experiences. Coming off “automatic pilot” allows us to be more connected to the experiences of daily life thereby enhancing the quality of our life. Further, as we cultivate this capacity, we develop resilience in dealing with difficult experiences such as stress and medical symptoms in addition to building emotional intelligence and making more skilful lifestyle choices.
Mindfulness can be highly transformative for our relationships with ourselves and with others. By becoming aware of our humanness with presence and compassion, our sense of connection with others and the world around us can emerge, allowing a wider and wiser way of being in the world.
Mindfulness moved into mainstream society over 3 decades ago in the form of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which offered the first secular, intensive training in mindfulness practices to address human distress and suffering. Since its inception, there has been a solid grounding in an empirical evidence base for both MBSR and subsequent adaptations of this programme, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). As a result, there is growing evidence of the efficacy of this approach in treating a range of health conditions in peer-reviewed literature and in the lay press.
More recently, there is a growing body of research supporting the application of MBPs (Mindfulness-Based Programmes) beyond the health care sector including education (primary, secondary and tertiary), community and business.
See our research section for related information.