Mindfulness is a conscious moment to moment awareness, cultivated by systematically paying attention on purpose and being an impartial witness to your own experience (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, 2004).  Practicing Mindfulness on a daily basis has the potential to bring about increased self awareness, mental stillness, calm and a mechanism to disengage from negative thoughts. Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment (Baer, 2003). So mindfulness is about bringing ones own awareness to what is being experienced and paying full attention to that immediate experience in the present moment. The Mindfulness that Kabat-Zinn (2004) promotes in his Mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR) is underpinned by the following seven attitudes:

  • Non-judging
    Stepping back from the constant flow of mental judgements and preconceived ideas we have about the world.
  • Patience
    Giving time to experience what we are experiencing without need to get to the next experience that may be more pleasurable.
  • Beginners Mind
    To see events as if for the very first time without any preconceived labels or ideas of that experience.
  • Trust
    To have reliance on our own intuition. To listen to the innate sensations or feelings which arise within us and to honour them.
  • Non-striving
    To 'be', rather than 'do'. Allowing the experience be what it is and not creating an end goal.
  • Acceptance
    Allowing things to be as they are, without denial or rejection of the present situation.
  • Letting go
    To have no attachment, repulsion or holding on to thoughts feelings or experiences.

Mindfulness Guidance Recording

The link below provides a 25 minute guidance recording which you can use to support your mindfulness practice. It can be used as part of relaxation techniques for anxiety. It can also be used as part of your relaxation techniques for sleep. 

Please ensure you are not driving a vehicle or operating machinery while listening to the recording.