Such practice has been documented in clinical research to reduce stress & anxiety, improve well-being, enhance creativity/decision-making and bring about much happiness to people’s lives. These are just a few of the benefits as many more have been reported. The practice of mindfulness meditation originated thousands of years ago within the wisdom traditions of Asia; a core part of the Buddhist teaching tradition.
In the past 40 years, the practice has found its way in modern medicine, healthcare and psychology. While more recently, within mainstream education, governmental organisations and the criminal justice system. According to the practice, the mind has the tendency to become easily distracted and thus become embroiled in negative thinking. Whenever we are confronted with a difficult or painful situation, we naturally respond in a ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ mode. However, by engaging in mindfulness mediation, we are able to re-train our minds to be most present; with both the good and the bad. We are able to re-define pain and reduce the suffering in our lives by drawing upon compassion and…“paying attention in a particular kind of way; on purpose and non-judgementally as if our life depends upon it” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1990).