Mindfulness based interventions is an opportunity for you to be engaged in the drive toward having greater levels of health and well-being. Cultivating mindfulness is a way of taking care of yourself. It is a way in which you can learn to work with the stress and pain that are causing you to suffer.
Through mindfulness you can learn to pay attention to things you ordinarily would never give much thought to.
The stress in our lives are great and insidious and understanding your reaction to stress can change how you are in relationship to it.
This is especially relevant to those aspects of stress that cannot be entirely controlled, but you can learn to live with stress differently and in more harmony.
Mindfulness is a psychological process where the focus is on bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment.
To be mindful is to pay attention to the present moment in a purposeful and a non-judgemental manner. Being mindful is an awareness of certain experiences being pleasant and others being unpleasant. However though mindfulness you learn to notice these experiences in a more helpful way and to make more informed choices about your reactions to negative experiences of feelings.
Mindfulness is a proven intervention for depression, anxiety, health problems, eating disorders, relationship problems, work stress and many other emotional difficulties as it supports an attitude towards a satisfied life.
Mindfulness is not part of any religion. It is simply a way of calming the mind so that you can experience life more fully and make choices that lead to better outcomes for yourself and others.
I first started studying and practicing mindfulness a few years ago when I worked in the UK. I am currently doing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Interventions through the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, in collaboration with The Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (www.mindfulness.org.za). I also attend regular mindfulness retreats and are part of several mindfulness groups, both nationally and internationally.