What is mindfulness training
The word mindfulness is used to express a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one's experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. Most simply, mindfulness was well defined by Dr. Kabat-Zinn as:
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
in the present moment,
This mindful awareness has specific qualities that make it different from just being attentive. These characteristics are: Intentionality to be attentive, Openness to be present and honest with what is happening in the moment, and Observing what is happening instead of adding judgment.
Much of the time we are not aware of what is happening with our thoughts, bodies, or the people and environment around us. We are distracted, worried, or too busy. We’ve found that when an activity is ordinary or repetitive we can easily perform the task without being intentionally aware of what we are doing. Like walking to your car on the way out of work. Usually the mind is occupied by the day’s schedule or a conversation we had earlier.
In mindfulness training you learn to become more aware of the present moment. By bringing more conscious awareness into your daily life you will recognize your automatic patterns. This will help you to learn and acquire new skills and create new abilities to problem-solve. After mindfuless training you will be capable of reflecting on experiences from the past and considering how you can learn from those experiences to create better outcomes in the future.
The effects of mindfulness have been scientifically investigated. Below some effects:
Increase your conscious attention
Increase your concentration
Increase your physical well-being and happiness
Experience higher quality of life
Increase your self-compassion and empathy for others
Reduced stress and depressive complaints
Reduced burnout symptoms
Reduced pain intensity and disturbing thoughts
Reduced sleep problems, chills and fears