Mindfulness is deliberate awarness to the present moment with qualities of acceptance, non-judgment, curiocity, and observation. Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses. It can help parents notice and derive greater enjoyment from the simple, subtle pleasures of family life.
Mindfulness was introduced into medicine over thirty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since then it has become a successful mainstream influence in medicine, psychology, and education. Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness is a powerful tool for combating multiple mental and physical problems and disorders, for example, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Mindfulness-based treatments are practiced as a form of complementary medicine in hundreds hospitals and Universities around the world, and are currently the focus of numerous research studies.
The mindfulness movement is rapidly gaining momentum, with an increasing number of articles on its benefits appearing in the mainstream media.
TIME magazine just published a cover story on mindfulness, the science behind it, and how it’s making inroads in various parts of society.
Research suggests that mindfulness can deliver lasting improvements in self-awareness and emotional stability.
Mindfulness can broadly be defined as ‘paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally’
Ideally, mindful behaviour involves an individual being fully in contact with what is taking place in the present moment, both in the external world and in terms of their responses to it
When individuals deliberately stay in the present moment, they can respond to current events with a full awareness of their automatic tendencies, but can make choices that are not necessarily constrained by these. A greater non-judgemental awareness of one’s own impulses and thought patterns should result in a decreased emotional reactivity and vulnerability.