Often people say to me it’s relaxing, breathing and time out and yes it is all of these things but it’s much, MUCH more as well. I love the expressions of ‘falling awake’ or a ‘radical act of kindness’ …
Mindfulness is a cultivation of personal awareness. A noticing of one’s own patterns of thinking, feeling and sensing in any given situation and learning how to respond skilfully to these sensations.
It was first developed by Jon Kabbat Zinn at the University of Massachussetts medical school, and has been used for nearly 40 years to help with stress, anxiety, and chronic health problems, as well as to promote resilience, wellbeing and flourishing.
In the UK, the key centres for Mindfulness are The University of Oxford Mindfulnes Centre and The Centre of Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University. Both of these centres have been at the forefront of research and training since circa 2008.