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What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular way to things as they are in the present moment.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Our minds are busy and before we know it, we are caught up in our stories from the past or worries about the future. A wandering mind is potentially an unhappy mind. A moment of mindfulness is when we recognize that our mind has wandered and we return our awareness with kindness to pay attention to what we are doing in the present moment. Mindfulness is a skill that develops with practice. Such practice takes effort and is not easy but worthwhile!
What is Mindfulness Practice and Meditation?
Mindfulness Practice is a form of Meditation. There are many different forms of Meditation. Mindfulness Practice or Meditation is about being present in a non-judgmental way and paying attention to things as they are.
There are formal and informal Mindfulness Practices. An example of a Formal practice is a 20 minute guided mindful stretching practice. Informal practice is applying mindfulness to whatever we are doing even for a short period, e.g. washing up dishes.
Isn’t Mindfulness a Buddhist practice?
It is true that early pioneers of mindfulness spent time in Buddhist settings before promulgating mindfulness in the West. However, all religions have contemplative or meditative practices. Some people do prefer to learn mindfulness as taught in a Buddhist setting.
Dr Hagen Rampes of Mindfulness Healing in London, teaches mindfulness in a secular manner. His background is that he was born into a Hindu family. He trained as a Sivananda Yoga teacher and is initiated into Kriya Yoga. He is interested in esoteric knowledge and spirituality.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness Practice?
There are many benefits of mindfulness practice. (insert link to “Mindfulness Benefits” page). Mindfulness practice results in:
- Enhanced well-being
- Improved mental health
- Improved physical health
- Better coping with stress
- Developing clarity, focus and balance when feeling overwhelmed
- Adopting a more compassionate and patient stance in the world
- Achieving a better home and work balance
- Improving relationship with yourself and with others
- An increased sense of aliveness and energy
- Learning to peacefully accept and let go of what you cannot change
- Being more creative
What are the benefits of workplace mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an essential life-skill for the 21st century (INSEAD School of Business). Mindfulness Practice has been shown to improve:
- Job satisfaction
- Job performance
- Ethical conduct
- Leadership efficacy
- Decision making
What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week course that was devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. MBSR consists of mindfulness practices and an emphasis of mindful stretching. The sessions are upto 3 hours depending on the number of people in the group. The home practices are upto an hour daily. People with stress, chronic medical conditions have been shown to benefit and cope better with their symptoms. Dr Hagen Rampes trained in MBSR in the USA.
What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an 8 week course developed from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program by John Teasdale, Mark Williams & Zindel Segal. MBCT was devised to prevent depression occurring in people who have suffered recurrent depression. The NICE clinical guidelines on depression recommend MBCT for depression relapse prevention. People who suffer other mental health disorders also seem to benefit from MBCT e.g. Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating problems, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorders to name a few.
MBCT consists mainly of Mindfulness Practices; there is little cognitive therapy. MBCT is traditionally delivered in 8 consecutive weekly 2-hour sessions for a small group of people. The home assignments vary from 40 minutes to one hour daily. MBCT can be delivered individually 1:1 in 8 one-hour sessions. Dr Hagen Rampes has experience of doing this 1:1 face to face and also via the internet.
What is a Mindfulness Retreat Day?
This is a day (6 hours) of silence and a sequence of mindfulness practices. Classically there is a retreat day included in the MBSR and MBCT courses. The day is intensive but also relaxing and potentially transformative. It is a great way of consolidating ones mindfulness practice. Dr Hagen Rampes has experience of leading standalone silent retreat days.