For a while, I have been thinking about writing a series on mindfulness, one that follows the eight week course created by Mark Williams and Danny Penman in their book “Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world”, however if you read my about me, you will be somewhat familiar with my inability to feel particularly interested in many things, let alone remain interested in them for eight weeks straight.
So, I thought I’d meet in the middle and write about mindfulness as I do genuinely find it interesting and beneficial
and frankly have bought far too many books about it to afford not to without having to commit to posting about it once a week for eight weeks, along with another post about a different topic so as not to bore any readers that do not find it particularly interesting.
What is Mindfulness:
The whole idea of Mindfulness is to pay close attention to the current moment-to-moment experience while simultaneously trying not to get caught up in any thoughts that may arise. This means that we are more able to see things as they are, without them being distorted by our internal dialogue.
Upon opening my mind just a little bit to this practice, I realised that the key to eliminating most of my anxiety and most of my depression overall would be through practicing living in the moment – if you are focussing on right now, the past doesn’t exist and nor does the future; depression is no more, and neither is anxiety.
Though admittedly, I still have moments where I am excruciatingly depressed, I cannot express enough how helpful I have found this when I have needed a breather and a break from racing thoughts, and wanted to have a more rational outlook on a distressing situation
Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness
The Attitudinal Foundation of Mindfulness Practice (the main principles and concepts of mindfulness) can be found here