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:
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.