Practising mindfulness means choosing to be more present in our lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn (2003), a pioneer of mindfulness-based interventions, describes mindfulness as 'an awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment'.
We all have a natural capacity for mindfulness. With regular practice, mindfulness and its benefits can become more readily accessible in our everyday lives. Mindfulness can help us access powerful inner resources for coping with stress, difficulty and illness. A growing body of research evidence indicates wide-ranging health benefits for individuals who choose to develop mindfulness in their lives.
Mindfulness practice is based on ancient spiritual practices and is central to Buddhist meditation, however it is universal in nature. Contemporary courses in mindfulness-based approaches offer teaching in a secular context. Participants are guided and supported in developing a personal mindfulness meditation practice and bringing mindful awareness into daily life.