Mindfulness practices are not new and have origins in the contemplative traditions of Asia, especially Buddhism. In the last 40 years, they have been formulised into the therapies of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), traditionally delivered in eight-week classes.
“Typically, mindfulness practice involves sitting with your feet planted on the floor and the spine upright. The eyes can be closed or rest a few feet in front while the hands are in the lap or on the knees. The attention is gently brought to rest on the sensations of the body – the feet on the floor, the pressure on the seat and the air passing through the nostrils. As the thoughts continue, you return again and again to these physical sensations, gently encouraging the mind not to get caught up in the thought processes but to observe their passage.” Mindful Nation UK – Report by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group
Many people are experiencing the benefits of mindfulness. An easy way to start is through a smart-phone app. See our blog here for some examples of apps for health.
If you’re new to mindfulness, here’s a 3 minute introduction to explain what it’s all about:
The NHS website provides some helpful information about mindfulness: please click here.
As well as breathing exercises, mindfulness can be practised through colouring – although somewhat childish, creating a colourful image is in itself satisfying. If art isn’t your thing, tai chi is an alternative form of meditation which relaxes both body and mind, additionally it strengthens your ligaments for stronger joints. Please see the video link below for a free lesson in tai chi.
Ready to give mindful meditation a go? Here’s a video to start you off:
The Trust organises mindfulness and yoga sessions periodically, check the Our Trust Hub for details.