Mindfulness is an ancient form of meditation that has roots in Eastern religions and traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. However, mindfulness is not a religion and can be practised by anyone with or without religious beliefs, alone or as part of a group.
Mindfulness is simple and can be practiced at any time and location and does not need any special equipment. A basic mindfulness meditation takes a few minutes.
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A simple definition of mindfulness is developing the skill of noticing what is happening in the present moment in our internal and external environment – mind, body and surroundings.
When we are anxious and depressed we often react to our thoughts and feelings before we even know they are there. This can keep us locked in a cycle of distress.
Mindfulness teaches us to start noticing what is happening in the here and now. This includes pleasant, unpleasant and neutral thoughts, feelings and sensations. By practising Mindfulness we can learn to respond to them in a non-judgemental way and improve our tolerance of distressing thoughts and sensations.
Top tips for practising Mindfulness
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Who can I talk to?
- Seek any local Mindfulness groups in your area
- Ask your GP for information
- Seek out Mindful practices in your area
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Getting more help
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