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Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening in the present moment without wishing that things were different.  Paying attention to life in this way enables us to enjoy the pleasant more fully while working with the unpleasant with skill and acceptance. To understand mindfulness better, it may help to break it down into the main components which include:

 

  • Attention regulation and focus
  • Body awareness
  • Emotional regulation
  • Relating to yourself, others and experiences in a new way

 

More than three decades of scientific & medical research has shown that mindfulness improves physical and mental health.  People who practice mindfulness have an increased ability to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue and the everyday pressures of life.  Furthermore it can enhance concentration, focus and creativity while decreasing emotional reactivity and self-destructive behaviour.  It also promotes and increased ability to relax and approach life with energy and enthusiasm.