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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment, and doing it intentionally and with non-judgment. That might sound simple, but mindful living requires practice. Before you know it you relapse into automatic patterns and thoughts. By practicing mindfulness, we train our ability to switch off the autopilot and truly experience the present moment as it is. This helps us to enjoy life to the fullest and to deal with difficult things in life. Mindfulness reduces stress, tension and anxiety. Through mindfulness we increase our ability to consciously choose how we respond to events.
FOR WHOM IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is for everyone who wants to live more consciously and thereby improve the quality of their life. Mindfulness training is suitable for people who want to cope better with stress, tension, worry, anxiety, sadness or pain. Also, if you feel like your life is fast paced and time is just passing you by without noticing the small joys of life, mindfulness training is suitable for you. You do not need any previous meditation experience or special physical skills to participate in the eight-week MBSR training or the Focus & Relaxation training.
"Mindfulness helps you go home to the present.
And every time you go there and recognize a
condition of happiness that you have,
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Over 30 years ago, the American doctor Jon Kabat-Zinn started developing the MBSR method at the University of Massachusetts. Years of implementation and research have now passed and Mindfulness is being applied in many areas. For example, it has been shown to be effective in dealing with pain and illness, reduces sleep problems and is effective in treating anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is also being used more and more for professionals in various professional groups to reduce stress and the risk of burnout.