Around the world, many thousands of people have already made a commitment to their own well-being and learned how to practice Mindfulness techniques. Originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn, courses are now widely available through centres or specially trained teachers. Now in the U.K., Mindfulness training is endorsed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and by the Foundation for Mental Health's 'Be Mindful' campaign as an evidence-based and tried-and-tested formula for reducing stress, restoring balance in emotional health, and developing useful lifeskills.
Mindfulness is not something that you have to 'get' or acquire. In Mindfulness training, the practices are demonstrated and practiced together. A bit like riding a bike, the more you do it, the better you get - or, in this case, the more likely you are to reap the rewards.
Everyone can benefit from practicing Mindfulness. Many people join classes because they feel out of balance in their lives and they want to do something about it. Others may be dealing with physical illnesses or events in their lives and want to learn to cope better. Yet others may be experiencing physical stress-related symptoms and want to learn how to relate differently to stressful situations.
Reputable research shows that people who complete Mindfulness courses report:
- being more able to relax
- being less upset by physical and mental or emotional problems
- experiencing less apparent pain, and being better able to cope with pain
- more zest and appetite for life
- coping better with the stresses and challenges of life
Could it be the right time for you to establish a Mindfulness practice...?