Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment and is designed to help people become more aware of their thoughts and feelings in a way that facilitates a greater ability to manage them appropriately and skilfully make decisions. Mindfulness-based practice allows people to gain more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. Mindfulness is practised and taught at Hc2 by Brenda Bentley.

The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as a front line treatment for relapsing depression. It has also been shown to help with the management of stress, anxiety and addictive behaviours, with evidence indicating that it can have a positive effect on physical problems such as hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.

Neuroscience shows that after eight weeks of mindfulness training there are significant increases in grey matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotional regulation, self-referential processing and perspective taking. Developing mindfulness will teach you to be less reactive to thoughts and feelings and more in control of your response. IT GIVES YOU A CHOICE.

Mindfulness gives you an opportunity to discover your true self. Self knowledge leads to freedom from suffering.  Whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, fear-based responses, lack of confidence, worry, stress, fatigue or you are wanting a healthy way to manage pain and healing, mindfulness can show you how to regain balance, develop self compassion, learn self acceptance, detach from unhelpful thinking patterns and regain confidence in yourself.

Mindfulness is not just sitting around meditating all day long striving for a blissful state of no thoughts / nothingness, it is a practical understanding of how your mind creates problems and what you can do get off of auto-pilot mode and into the driver seat in your life.   Jon Kabat-Zinn developed mindfulness meditation and is the founder of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  It’s is widely regarded and is being adopted to great effect in schools, mental health settings, prisons and in the workplace.

Mindfulness is being endorsed and recommended as a frontline treatment for relapsing depression by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (National Institute of Clinical Excellence (2004). Depression: Management of Depression in Primary and Secondary Care. National Clinical Practice Guidelines, Number 23. London, HMSO. Updated 2009), and endorsed as proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and as having a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain, by the Mental Health Foundation www.bemindful.co.uk.