Mindfulness is a deliberate way of paying attention in a particular way without judgement, so if distressing thoughts flow in then they are accepted but not allowed to incur a negative performance spiral downwards. This changes the focus away from being in a ‘doing-state’ towards more of a ‘being-state’. Psychology knows that to be in this state is conducive towards slowing down time, developing personal growth strengths, improving relationships with loved ones and peers and enhancing your behaviour and attitude due to managing limiting thoughts and deep emotional states towards your actions.
The beauty with the technique is the simplicity of it. It can be practiced anywhere and at anytime by focusing upon the breath or other bodily sensations. If thoughts cross the mind they are not judged and dealt with then but can be accepted and postponed to another non mindful time. Once the thoughts are parked then the subject returns to the object of focus. There is no special equipment or places required in which to practice.
Mental Health has accepted that mindfulness has become one of its hottest topics as research has shown that it increases happiness and well being as reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, it is being prescribed by Doctors as an alternative to medication and is on the recommended list of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).