Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

Mindfulness and health

Mindfulness practice can significantly contribute to our physical and mental health and our overall quality of life. Methods that apply mindfulness are therefore increasingly used in healthcare. Many seek help with symptoms of stress, burn-out, persistent or recurrent physical and emotional pain, anxiety, depression, attention and concentration problems, impulsive and addictive behavior, difficulties in relating to others or lack of meaning in life. When these problems are recognized as resulting from causes for which we are – at least partially - responsible ourselves, then we can benefit from mindfulness practice.

With mindfulness we gain a clearer sight on our experience and automatic reactions and so deeper ‘in-sight’ can arise. This insight enables us to replace autopilot reactions by mindful responses and a healthier way to deal with ourselves, others and the world around us.

The practice of mindfulness does not substitute other effective treatments, but it can be a valuable addition to them and help us to use them more wisely. The application of mindfulness-based methods in health care is supported by a growing body of research.

 

I would love to live like a river flows,
carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.

- John O' Donohue -