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Common questions that come up as people begin to explore mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness refers to awareness. It’s a kind caring attention towards oneself or others.

The concept of mindfulness can also be referred to as “present moment awareness.” We could think of it essentially as the skill of becoming progressively more and more aware of our immediate experience with all its diverse aspects; physical, emotional and cognitive.

Is mindfulness a religion?

No. While mindfulness has in the past been associated with Eastern religions it is not a religion in itself and can be practised independently of any belief system.

What does sitting still with my eyes closed have to do with my job, or my life in general?

You don’t have to sit, nor do you have to have your eyes closed. It’s a kind caring attention towards oneself or others whether that’s at work or at home. Research suggests that bringing this awareness into your daily life improves health and wellbeing.

However, deliberately sitting with your eyes closed for a sustained period of time is often helpful in developing a mindfulness practice.

What's the difference between mindfulness and meditation?

Meditation is a skill that can be practiced where as mindfulness is a state of being which is characterised by kind caring attention.

Mindfulness can often be developed through the practice of meditation.

Can anyone benefit from mindfulness?

Yes, anyone can benefit from mindfulness. If you have ever experienced fear, insecurity, overwhelm, worry, frustration or anger you will benefit. If you’ve ever wanted to be more resilient, effective, creative or patient you may find mindfulness helpful too.

What is MBSR?

MBSR stands for Mindfulness-based stress reduction. MBSR is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress and pain management. It was first developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

We use aspects of MBSR in our 8 week courses.

What is MBCT?

MBCT stands for Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. MBCT is an eight-week evidence-based program that uses CBT methods in collaboration with mindfulness meditative practices and similar psychological interventions. It was first developed by Mark Williams and his colleagues at Oxford University.

We use aspects of MBCT in our 8 week courses.

Do you have questions? Are you interested in attending a course?

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”