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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness has many definitions, but Breathworks, the organisation I trained with, describes it as:


'A special kind of awareness. This means you can be fully awake to life in each present moment; fully alive and vibrant.' 


Through mindfulness training we learn to become more aware in the moment and accept things as they are. 


This allows us to respond to life in a calm and creative manner, rather than reacting in an automatic or habitual way. 


Mindfulness can make it possible to have a rich and fulfilling life, even when experiencing difficult circumstances. 

Mindfulness for Health

The Breathworks Mindfulness for Health is an eight week programme for individuals to learn mindfulness strategies and approaches for managing pain, illness and health concerns. 

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR MINDFULNESS

Breathworks founder Vidyamala Burch talks about the scientific evidence of mindfulness

ClinicAl research

Studies have found mindfulness meditation to benefit a huge variety of health conditions, for example:


  • Clinical trials have shown that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers, and can enhance the body’s natural healing systems.


  • Improving mood and quality of life in chronic pain conditions, for example reducing levels of depression and anxiety.


  • Reducing physical pain and the emotional reaction to it, allowing individuals to change their relationship with their condition by living in harmony with their pain rather than trying to fight it.


  • Improving social functioning by strengthening relationships, improving sleep quality and decreasing the level of interference that pain has on daily activities


  • Re-establishing a sense of control by learning coping mechanisms and feeling empowered in knowing that individuals have a choice in response to pain and discomfort.


To read more about quantitive and qualitative research into mindfulness click here (external link).