What Is Mindfulness
Defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a mental state achieved by concentrating on the present moment, while calmly accepting the feelings and thoughts that come to you, used as a technique to help you relax.
Think of mindfulness as the ability to pause, breathe and just be in the moment. Deliberately paying attention to things we wouldn't normally notice. A break from expectations, rushing around, and rambling thoughts.
Where Did It Begin
Some say mindfulness is at least 2,500 years with its original origins starting in Buddhism. However it has also been noted that mindfulness has discovered to have been used in many other forms of spirituality and religion. Only recently in the last 30 years has it been looked into for its therapeutic abilities.
in 1979 Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues used mindfulness based stress reduction, (MBSR) on patience with chronic medical conditions' learning ways of dealing with their severe stress, pain and fear.
Clinical research shows physical changes such as stronger immune system, and lower blood pressure.
2001 Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel V. Segal developed Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for treatment of depression.
Today Mindfulness exercises have since been adapted to treat many other clinical disorders.
Keen To Give It A Try
Like every new skill, slow and steady is best, and mindfulness is no different. Think of it as a muscle to build and strengthen.
And just like with exercise there isn't a one size fits all kinda move.
You need to play around and find some that best suit you.
Start with a little and do it often.
And with that the best place to give it a whirl is with the Cat of 5. A gentle mindfulness exercise that makes you focus on the here and now reconnecting you with all your senses, and possibly your cat.