What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply choosing to notice the details of what we are experiencing without judgment. This allows us to pay attention to thoughts, emotions and physical sensations and helps us to handle difficult situations.

We get a lot of people asking us; what is mindfulness? Please browse through the various sections of our site to discover the answer to this question. If you have any questions the let’s talk, we love mindfulness and helping everyone on their mindfulness journey no matter what stage they are at.

By practicing mindfulness we acknowledge our tendency to react to situations automatically and explore the possibility of changing this habit. Training our brain to function differently allows us to focus, be objective and to develop healthy responses that are creative, compassionate and considered.

Clarity and focus on the present moment in a hyper-connected modern world is a skill that needs to be practiced and is remarkably difficult to master. Our minds can easily become occupied with the urgent and the immediate at the expense of the important. Developing the ability to pay attention to the feelings, emotions and physical sensations we experience can help us to respond and cope to difficult situations. This can be life changing in a frantic world that is full of stress, anxiety and change.

Simple techniques such as breathing, journaling and meditation help us to achieve a mindful approach to life. Anyone can learn Mindfulness, but its benefits can only be felt through training, practice and commitment.

Mindfulness meditation has developed over 2,500 years and has its roots in Buddhism. Interest in mindfulness has been growing rapidly and is now becoming mainstream with secular approaches delivered to individuals and organisations within the Private, Public and Voluntary and Community sectors. Over the past 30 years, academic research in the fields of Neuroscience, Psychology and Medicine have documented the benefits of learning mindfulness in children, adults, for organisational development and  with specific client groups in sectors such as education, health and social care, the unemployed and mental health.

With practice and a commitment to embed mindfulness into your life and professional practice you can experience improved self-awareness from greater insight into your emotions and physical responses to stress which can improve your cognitive function (attention and concentration), performance, resilience and relationships. Proven to help with anxiety, stress, depression and addictive behaviours mindfulness can have positive impacts on our physical health in areas such as Hypertension, chronic pain and heart disease. At Now Unlimited we believe this answers the question; what is mindfulness.

For more in depth information about mindfulness including its benefits and applications please see our Further Reading section.