Mindfulness means consciously paying attention to the present moment, without judging it.
It is a very practical approach to improve the overall quality of life. Our brain thinks. This is not wrong, that is what it is supposed to do, just as our lungs breathe and our heart beats. However, it becomes problematic if we get stuck with our thoughts in the past or worry about the future. This can quickly create stress and lead us into negative thinking patterns (“I should have …”, “What if …?”). And along the way we miss all that happens around us. We miss out on the only thing we actually have an influence on: the present moment in its completeness. We miss out on life itself.
Since the introduction of the first Mindfulness-based Program (MBSR) in the 1970s, an impressive number of studies have been conducted that have demonstrated the many positive effects of mindfulness on mental and physical health: mindfulness helps to deal better with stress and to become less involved in worries. It helps effectively as a prevention of relapse into depression and against burn-out. In addition, the ability to concentrate is strengthened, creativity is boosted and relationships are improved. Everyone who needs to cope with the growing demands of modern life can therefore benefit from mindfulness.
Mindfulness is increasingly being introduced into the society and finds more and more entrance into companies, schools and in the health system. In addition to the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), there now exist specializations such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindful Leadership or Mindful Parenting, to name just a few.
Is this something for me?
Mindfulness is a practice that everyone can learn. If you often get caught up in autopilot reactions (and then regret them later), if you are constantly ruminating about missed opportunities or worrying about the future, if you want to know how to make your life more conscious, fulfilling and less stressful, or if you want to learn how to balance your professional and personal life, then mindfulness can be a big help. With the mindfulness practice you can obtain many useful tools to experience greater balance and more inner peace in your life.