Mindfulness for Individuals
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction was brought to the West by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a micro-biologist, in the 1970's. He introduced the first 8 week structured mindfulness skills training programme based on his own knowledge of yoga and meditation techniques.to work with people with chronic pain.
Since the 1970's mindfulness interventions and research have proliferated across the world and the emerging evidence base suggests that mindfulness has a wide range of potential applications.
The most common forms of mindfulness intervention for adults are the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to reduce stress and the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to prevent depression relapse a therapy recommended by the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE 2009).
Mindfulness based courses guide you through practises, that help you to direct attention with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Therefore you will be able to choose to respond more skilfully to whatever is happening rather than automatically reacting under stress.
Mindfulness contrasts with mindlessness, a state experienced by most, who move through life rarely noticing the present moment, ruminating on the past, worrying about the future. Therefore making unhelpful judgements coloured by past experiences. Living mindlessly often results in a sense of falling short of expectations, joys and pleasures.