IS MINDFULNESS A RELAXATION TECHNIQUE?
Many people experience relaxation when they practice mindfulness, but it is not the goal of mindfulness. Mindfulness is more about meeting your life the way it is, a way to be fully present to your present moment experience. Mindfulness is not something you achieve or ‘get’, it is a capacity for awareness that you already have, but it isn’t a cool detached awareness, it is gentle warm and kind.
IS MINDFULNESS JUST ABOUT MEDITATION?
Yes there different meditation practices in mindfulness, but it also includes ways that you can be mindful as you go about daily life. There are many ways to be mindful as you engage with routine activities.
IS MINDFULNESS A RELIGION OR BELIEF SYSTEM?
Mindfulness can be learned and practiced by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural background. The approach that is taught is completely secular. Mindfulness is accessible to people of all faiths and none.
IS MINDFULNESS ANOTHER FORM OF THERAPY?
Mindfulness is not a form of group counselling or therapy, during the courses no one is required to discuss any personal matters that they are not comfortable sharing. Instead the focus of any discussions in class is more about what participants are experiencing as they engage with the mindfulness practices both in class and at home.
Practicing mindfulness can help us to see things differently, it can help clarify and untangle mental, emotional and physical tensions and struggles. It can also increase a sense of personal confidence and help us to connect with our own strengths and resilience. Mindfulness doesn’t erase our difficulties and make life smoother and easier. Rather it supports us to learn skills and resources to cope more effectively in the midst of the sometimes difficult aspects of life.