FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is the practice of getting out of autopilot, paying attention to the present moment and becoming more self-aware of our thoughts and behaviours. Just as we train our body to be fit and strong, mindfulness is a way we can train our minds to become more resilient and able to cope with daily stress and the challenges we face in life.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Meditation is a form of mindfulness. It is the practice of becoming still and turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra.
Can I practice mindfulness if I don't practice meditation?
Yes, meditation is a formal mindfulness practice that is generally done in at a specific time in the day for a specified duration. However informal mindfulness practices, such as mindful listening, practicing compassion and present-moment awareness can also be integrated throughout your day at any time.
how will i know if a mindfulness or meditation practice is 'working'?
You will start to see mindfulness working when parts of your life that were previously challenging - eg I have no time, I am always losing things, I can't focus - become less difficult. Similar to exercise, you won't see results unless you practice mindfulness and make it a habit. It is important to remember that the practice of mindfulness is an ongoing journey, not a destination.
What is present-moment awareness?
Present-moment awareness is simply the experience of focusing your attention on the 'here and now' rather than thinking about the past or the future. Try this simple exercise to return your attention to the present moment - Name 5 things you can see , 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.
Where did mindfulness originate?
Mindfulness practices are often taught secularly, but their roots reach back to the early teachings of the Buddha. In the west, American Professor - Jon Kabat-Zinn is considered largely to be the founding pioneer of modern mindfulness as we know it today. Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill In 1979,
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