Mindfulness has become very popular in the last two decades as a part of the counselling journey and/or as something that individuals practice on a daily basis.  It really helps link body and mind.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness means a quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.  It can be defined as a sense of knowing what is happening in the external and internal world in the present moment .

Many of us are used to looking back at our experiences or forward into the future and are therefore not in the present moment (what is happening right now).  It means that we can miss the joys and that can make it far easier to make mistakes.  Mindfulness is 'waking up' and being 'present' in what’s happening right this moment so we can make wiser and more informed choices.

A more ordered view of mindfulness could be:

  • Paying attention to the exact moment's events as they unfold in the internal and external world
  • Noticing habitual reactions to such events, often characterised by aversion or attachment (results in over-thinking)
  • Promoting the ability to respond to new events and react to them with an attitude of open curiosity

For more information on Mindfulness - please visit NHS - Mindfulness