What is mindfulness? I am reading a beautiful book at the moment by Dr Patrizia Collard. In the 'Journey into Mindfulness' she gives gentle ways to let go of stress and live in the moment.
Mindfulness, as a form of therapy, has recently been in the news a great deal. It is recommended by the Department of Health and also in the guidelines set down by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence), and many see it as a cheap, effective and 'doable' intervention for our stress-filled lives as much as a skill that can prevent us from actually breaking down or becoming ill.
More than 10,000 published research papers are available on mindfulness-based therapy, should you want to there are many online videos you can watch. The application of mindfulness is used in a wide range of situations, such as parenting classes, in schools, for anxiety treatment, as a relapse for depression, for anger management, for treatment of trauma, psoriasis and certain forms of cancer, and for the improvement of the immune system which has a positive outcome for patients suffering from HIV, ME (chronic fatigue syndrome), MS, eating disorders, and addictions - the list goes on and on!
Mindfulness is a new way of being, a new way of experiencing life, and a way of improving one's work - life balance. We are all different and special thus we do not attempt to become like somebody else but we may, however, be able to connect more deeply to our true self. So take a moment, a pause, breath and let go, and you will find reduced stress levels, more compassion, joy and wellbeing and a sense of life being an adventure.