What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the innovative program designed by  Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Jon Kabat-Zinn with the specific raison d'être of it being to improve the quality of life of its practitioners by cultivating their Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a key concept within the MBSR programme and is specifically defined by its creator as follows:

Paying attention in a particular way-on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment.

The effects of mindfulness on a wide range of groups have been robustly tested and researched in some of the world's leading universities. Amongst the many researched benefits are:

  • Significant improvement in emotional and social functioning
  • Improvement in general health and vitality
  • Reduction in visits to healthcare provider
  • Effective method of stress reduction
  • Reduction in psychological distress for sufferers of long term conditions


The application of Mindfulness is being used in many locations and with many groups and consistently research supports the benefits people experience.

There can also be secondary benefits as in the case of Mindful Parenting, which deepens the parent child connection, children who grow feeling connected to their parents:

  • Have healthy self-esteem
  • Do better in school
  • Choose healthy relationships
  • Feel comfortable around adults
  • Explore and try new things
  • Have an easier time with change
  • Develop a positive self-concept

Who is Mindfulness for?

Who would find a mindfulness course useful?

The short answer would be everyone.

Take a moment and think back to when you last felt troubled or in despair. Chances are you were either dwelling on past experiences, or fretting about what the future has in store.


Our energy and vitality is leeched from the present as we find ourselves distracted and troubled by things that have either come to pass or have yet to, and which we have little to no control over.

This in turn serves as a powerfully vicious cycle, cruelly reinforcing our feelings of despair and helplessness.



However, Mindfulness may be of particular benefit to:

  • The business community seeking to maximise the potential of the workforce and management to achieve organisational objectives and have an improved quality of life and work life balance
  • People interested in improving their emotional , psychological or physical well being
  • People experiencing stress wanting to learn to be calmer and regain a sense of control
  • People experiencing anxiety or depression which is impacting on their quality of life
  • People living with long term health conditions who want to learn other ways to self-manage their condition
  • Services working with groups of individuals where traditional interventions are having little effect
  • Parents trying to find a way to balance the demands of work and life and be the parent their children need them to be
  • People battling addiction who want a new way to overcome this challenge

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