So what is mindfulness exactly?

Mindfulness is challenging to define because there is no single definition that everyone can agree upon. It is different things to different people and different cultures.

For me it’s a sense of peace, renewal  and connection.

Some others it is:

  • a trait,
  • a philosophy,
  • a way of being,
  • a quality of mind,
  • a form of self-regulation,
  • a state of consciousness.

You probably know of it as an ancient Eastern practice that originated thousands of years ago. Since Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research in the 70’s, it has become more widely used in the West. It’s quite difficult to define because it’s known as many things: a “way of being”, a “way of life”,  a quality of mind that can be cultivated, a state of consciousness that promotes well being, and a form of self-regulation that brings attention to the present moment. Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University describes mindfulness as a “direct knowing of what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment”.

Empirical studies suggest that mindfulness can be helpful in the treatment of health conditions, leading to the reduction of symptoms and a better quality of life.

By focusing on a particular word, sound, or just the breath, we can create a non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. These simple techniques create a sense of inner peace that enables us to heal or live more comfortably with a chronic condition. Mindfulness helps us to access greater insight into our thoughts, feelings, and the world around us and allows us to see how these factors impact our condition. As a side benefit, these exercises calm the sympathetic nervous system, which reduces symptoms and the anxiety associated with a chronic condition. This newfound serenity inevitably supports healing.

The aim of mindfulness-based coaching is to support your goals and to help you to commit to the present moment several times each day in an attempt to make mindfulness a habitualized process. This kind of focused awareness will enable you to see more clearly and pay attention to what’s important, what’s happening inside, outside and around your life and body.

Through this practice, you will find empowerment, increasing moments of self compassion, peace and greater wellbeing.