Did you know that 140 UK parliamentarians practice mindfulness meditation together on a weekly basis? And that a 2015 cross parlaimentary report recommended introducing mindfulness programs into schools, health, education and prisons. You could ask why?
Mindfulness is good for you
Research has been done on MBSR since 1976 and being more mindful is undoubtedly good for you. Mindfulness has been shown to be often helpful in navigating life's difficulties. It may be helpful with depression, anxiety, illness, pain and garden variety stress- we all know it. Being more mindful can lead to improvements in concentration, to our capacity to be in the here and now, to greater emotional regulation, and to increases in access to empathy.
How to Not learn Mindfulness
Learning to be more mindful is not something you can just get conceptually. It's a bit like teaching a kid how to have fun. You can't just read 'fun'in a book, you need to play.
How to learn to be more mindful.
An MBSR course provides a good opportunity to do just that. The 8-weeks formula is tried and tested. It is what much of the research has been done on. Eight-weeks allows you to engage with the practice, to make mistakes, to ask questions, to experiment, and to find out what works for you in your life. An MBSR course is not an easy thing, it takes work, it is not a panacea for all ills but you may find it infinitely rewarding. So as the UK Parliamentarians know, the best way to become more mindful, is to practice. A good way to develope a practice is over an extended period, with the support of others. We'd love to see you at our next course beginning Wed May 16.
In these blog posts we'll be exploring all things mindful. The research, what happens in an MBSR course, what mindfulness meditation does and does not do to your brain, funny anecdotes and much more. We'll also be looking at mindful tips for daily life, reviewing new texts that arise and listening to occasional mp3s with a guided practice.