What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:

On purpose in the present moment and non-judgementally  

Kabet-Zinn (1996)

Mindfulness begins as we learn to recognise our tendency to be on automatic pilot. Through mindfulness we learn how to change that, by becoming aware of our daily activities. A central aim of the mindfulness approach is to learn how to be more fully aware, how to be present in each moment of life. The good news is that this makes life more enjoyable, interesting, vivid and fulfilling. On the other hand, this means facing what is present, even when it is unpleasant and difficult. In practice you will find that turning to face and acknowledge difficulties is, in the long run, the most effective way to reduce unhappiness. In a mindfulness course you will learn gentle ways to face difficulties and will be supported while doing this.

The Mindfulness practices of MBSR are rooted in ancient traditions of meditation, to teach simple ways of relating to thoughts, sensations and emotions by simple observation. But ‘simple’ isn’t the same as ‘easy.’ Mindfulness is a powerful skill and just as with any other skill, like riding a bike, leaning to read, it requires practice. With practice  you will  experience a reduction of preoccupations and worries, as you accept yourself moment by moment, by moment.