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Mindfulness is an approach to life based on the understanding that
the present is the only time that any of us have to be alive
– to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal
– Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), defines Mindfulness as:
The awareness that arises when paying attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
Mindfulness is a way of being, an awareness that supports us to meet ourselves (and others) with an attitude of acceptance, care and compassion. Cultivation of awareness through mindfulness practice helps us create a new relationship with our internal experience, thoughts, memories, feelings and bodily sensations, and external events and stressors. It increases our freedom of choice and opens up the possibility of working more wisely with our life difficulties.
The practice of present moment awareness increases our ability to regulate our emotions. It enables us to consciously respond to challenging situations and relationships rather than automatically and habitually react. It helps us in coping better with stress and anxiety, enhancing resilience and reducing depression and burnout. It has profound implications for our emotional wellbeing and physical health, as supported by over 40 years of empirical evidence.
Adhering to International Mindfulness Teaching Standards has always been of utmost importance in Mindfulness Auckland. This ensures the safety of the participants as they travel through this impactful, courageous and tender process and obtaining effective outcomes for our courses.
To learn more about the international mindfulness teaching standards, please see the live document by the International Integrity Mindfulness Network – this is what you can expect from your course facilitator at Mindfulness Auckland: View PDF
Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror. The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives”.
– Sharon Salzberg