Care take this moment.
Immerse yourself in it's particulars.
Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed.
As concerns the art of living, the material is your own life.
No great thing is created suddenly.
There must be time.
Give your best and always be kind.
~ Epictetus A.D. c. 55–135 ~
Mindfulness practice offers an invitation to move towards greater balance, choice and participation in life. Through mindfulness training we learn how to bring acceptance and curiosity to all of our experience – sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions, and the situation we are in. This way of seeing can free us up to respond with more clarity and wisdom, rather than acting out of habitual patterns. It opens up the possibility of working more wisely and compassionately with difficulties in life and to choose what is nourishing for ourselves and others.
Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete a course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
Openground engages with individuals and organisations to promote the practice of mindfulness as a transformational process in health, education, industry and community development.
A snap shot of the research
In the last 20 years there has been a huge amount of research pointing to the usefulness of mindfulness training for increasing health and well-being, for dealing with stress and to enhance interpersonal skills and performance.
Who will benefit from learning mindfulness?
Mindfulness training is useful for a broad range of people with diverse backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being.