What is Mindfulness
A mindfulness-based approach is not a
course in relaxation training or mood management in the
traditional sense. Rather it is an approach that is grounded
in a strong belief that the best way for people to enhance
their well-being in a lasting way is to begin to relate to
their stress and emotional distress, and the conditions of
their lives, in a different way.
purposely cultivating a frame of mind
that is different from that which we normally inhabit.
learning to disengage from the
automatic and habitual reaction patterns that worsen our
negative emotions and lead us to feeling overwhelmed and
out of control.
learning a skill for shifting out of
negative patterns of worry and preoccupation.
The result is:
a sense of empowerment to face and
work more skilfully with the conditions of our lives.
the ability to let go of the
uncontrollable, allowing us to act on aspects of our
situation that can be worked with.
the ability to connect with our own
capacity for acceptance, courage, wisdom and strength as
we navigate our lives.