What is mindfulness?

‘Mindfulness’ is the buzzword of today, popping up everywhere, but what is it? It is the simple awareness of what’s really going on, with no extra layers of judgment or doubt.

What are the benefits?
What is MBCT?

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy combines meditation practice with modern

cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, in an 8-week group format together

with daily home practices. MBCT is recommended by the UK's National Institute of

Clinical Excellence and is as effective as antidepressants for preventing recurrent

bouts of depression. 

Research has also shown that MBCT is effective in helping people with a range of

physical and emotional problems, such as chronic fatigue, pain, stress, anxiety and


MBCT is also relevant and helpful for those without any clinical need who wish to explore mindfulness for their own general wellbeing. 

The Science & Research

MBCT has a strong evidence base and many research trials have demonstrated the benefits of MBCT. The growing body of neuroscientific research is particularly fascinating. 

This excellent video clip gives an entertaining overview of the neuroscience of mindfulness.

For a more detailed account of the background and research related to MBCT 

The skill of mindfulness can help us deal with the stresses and strains of daily living, by deliberately paying attention to what happens in the mind and body, to become more familiar with the workings of our own mind patters and habits. This helps plan for how best to respond rather than react in our old familial, often unhelpful ways.