what is mindfulness

What Mindfulness is

Mindfulness is being in the moment, knowing we are in the moment, and knowing what is happening in the moment, both around us and within our own mind. It is a faculty which, if developed, leads to a limitless growth of our human potential.

The moment we knowingly observe our thoughts or behaviour, we are mindful – we know what is happening in the moment. This simple fact transforms the way we live because it grounds us in the present. And the present is our only reality.

“Knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without preference” Rob Nairn

“The human condition – lost in thought.” Eckhart Tolle


Why Practice Mindfulness?

“I find it exciting and reassuring to learn that mindfulness can be applied to everyday life – even the most mundane of tasks and actions”

We are all very busy in our modern lives and many of us are looking for ways in which to cope with anxiety, stress and pain. Furthermore, we are looking for ways in which to enhance our wellbeing and cope better with life’s challenges.

There are many mindfulness courses available for specific problems, but our compassion-based mindfulness courses are for everyone.
The mindfulness element trains us to be present in the only moment that matters – the present one. We can show up for the pleasantness of the presentness.

The compassion element supports those of us who are hard on ourselves to recognise that we are actually OK as we are. Once we recognise this we can be happy and more relaxed about life’s ups and downs.

Benefits of Mindfulness

Our own tutors and graduates from the MSc Studies in Mindfulness have found many very positive benefits which support existing evidence.

Mindfulness is proven to be beneficial for mental health in the right circumstances and participants on our courses have reported:

  • Feeling less stressed
  • More resilient to life’s challenges
  • Feeling more relaxed
  • Increased self-awareness and confidence
  • Increased sense of wellbeing

Recent scientific evidence states that meditation & compassion-based mindfulness practices change the brain in a positive way and help to:

  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure
  • Relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Increase ability to cope with difficult situations