Mindfulness is about being present in the moment. Being aware of what is going on around us and within ourselves at any one time. Paying more attention to what we are thinking, feeling and acting in relation to any moment contributes to our own wellbeing and personal development, and, help us develop healthy relationships with others.
The importance of being present in the moment can not be emphasised enough for those children, young people and families we work to support. Our awareness to others’ in their contexts and environments is the foundation of building our understanding of presenting strengths, vulnerabilities, and support change. In practice this is realised in the quality of our work reflecting:
Effectively, five of our Golden Threads of Practice are underpinned by mindfulness in our practice.
What does it look like? Mindfulness looks like:
What does mindfulness look like in practice?
There are several resources and centres of mindfulness to further your exploration of this topic. One of the most well known leaders in the field is Jon Kbat-Zinn, the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The NHS page on mindfulness also provides a number of links, including a selection of self test questionnaires. A large body of research is available to be explored. The following selection of research articles relating to mindfulness provides a starting point for those wishing to develop their knowledge in this area.
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