Practising 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 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). It involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal experiences (thoughts, feelings, emotions and bodily sensations) and external experiences (sights, sounds, etc) occurring in the present moment (Baer, 2003). The Mindfulness that Kabat-Zinn (2004) promotes in his mindfulness-based stress reduction program is underpinned by the following seven attitudes:
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The link below provides a 25 minute guidance recording which can be used to support mindfulness practise. It can also be used as an aid to alleviate anxiety, and has been reported to promote restful sleep.
**Please ensure you are not driving or operating machinery while listening to the recording.