Why are more and more people drawn to the practice of mindfulness? We see that mindfulness centres, groups, and classes are popping up everywhere…is this just a trend that will soon fizzle out?
In fact, mindfulness has been practiced for centuries and although it may have recently seen a surging in popularity in the West, it is certainly not a flash-in-the-pan Wellness trend. People who practice mindfulness find that they feel happier, more content, and more relaxed. Studies have shown that this practice can also help you to increase your self-compassion and your compassion for your fellow beings. This compassion can often lead to more altruistic behavior which creates a better society for everyone.
Very simply, mindfulness can be defined in this way:
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose,
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Kabat-Zinn is a famous Buddhist monk and teacher of mindfulness meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and many of the strategies and exercises that counsellors use when they teach mindfulness are based on his teachings.
If you would like to learn more about the practice of mindfulness and how it can help you to recover from anxiety and depression, we invite you to consider registering for MDABC’s Spring 2016 Mindfulness Course. Click here to start the application process.