First developed for a therapeutic setting by by Dr Jon Kabat-Zim, Mindfulness has its roots in Vipassana meditation, taught in India 2500 years ago. Vipassana means “insight” or “seeing things as they truly are”. Put simply Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you are Mindful you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance with compassion, curiosity and acceptance without judging them good or bad. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal and detached way. Central to the practice of mindfulness are the concepts of equanimity and impermanence.
Equanimity can be considered as a neutral state of awareness where we neither feel an aversion for unpleasant experiences nor a craving for pleasant ones. It can also be described as balance, calmness and composure. The development of equanimity, or an equanimous mind as it is sometimes called, is an important part of mindfulness training as it allows us ability to remain less reactive and less judgmental no matter what is experienced. It gives us the feeling of ease, self-control and composure as we go about our daily lives.
Mindfulness training teaches us the universal reality of impermanence – the changing nature of all things including our own mental and emotional experiences. By recognising the changing nature of our internal experiences, we can learn to see ourselves in a more flexible and objective way. We are able to detach ourselves from the rigid views and habits that can sometimes lead to stress and unhappiness.
At CCBT we specialise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). When the practice of Mindfulness is underpinned by the framework and philosophy of cognitive behaviour therapy, it is a powerful combination utlilising the evidence based CBT framework and methodology with the proven benefits of mindfulness.