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We spend almost half of our time doing one thing while thinking about another.
Daydreaming makes us more unhappy than if we were paying attention to the present moment, even when it's...
Distracting ourselves from difficult experiences seems to exacerbate rather than reduce, the stress they cause.
When the mind wanders, it's usually drawn into negative ruminations or ...
By noticing what's happening with gentle curiosity, we start to work constructively with the events of our lives.
Gently bringing our minds back to the present can help us let go of th...
It's the art of paying attention and there's strong evidence that it helps us in a range of ways: managing low mood, anxiety, and pain to enhancing creativity, choice and compassio...
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Start a meeting with 2 minutes of silence, your attention focussed on your breath. Or take a few mindful breaths before starting your exercise routine.
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Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Meditation is exploring. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: sensations, emotions and thoughts.
Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”
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The idea is that you actively pay attention to the moment, without judging. It helps the mind to revisit thoughts about...
There is clinical evidence for mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a way to prevent depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness may be good for other psychiatric conditions including bipolar disorder.
There is also growing evidence that mindfulness is effective for chronic long-term health conditions.
Mindfulness is not a cure all. With all the hype around mindfulness it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether the information is quality-controlled and reliable. We need to be careful not to overstate it's usefulness.