Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgemental and non-reactive attitude (compare this with mindlessness). Mindfulness is an evidence based approach. There is accumulating evidence which suggests that mindfulness training, when used as part of an integrated approach to managing life’s stressors may help alleviate associated psychological distress and improve clients’ quality of life.
Aims and benefits of mindfulness training will be developing greater objectivity, acceptance and relaxation response with each experience. It is hoped, through weekly practice, the client will be able to create in all areas of their lives a state of equilibrium and balance that in turn can benefit supporting loved ones. More healthy and relaxed individuals tend to feel subtler body sensations more readily and have a greater ability for metacognitive (ability to know own thinking) awareness. Daily training in mindfulness also leads to neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself, this facilitates the transfer of skills to daily life.
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