Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies
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Mindfulness is a lifetime engagement. The purpose of mindfulness isn’t to get somewhere else, but to be where and as you actually are in this very moment, whether the experience is pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. You might find it interesting to know that mindfulness is evidence-based cognitive training which originated more than 2,500 years ago in India and has been approved by the NHS (UK’s government National Health Service). It’s fascinating that this ancient method which has its roots within the Buddhist reflective tradition is now infiltrating modern medicine and society benefiting millions of people.

As you engage in mindfulness meditation your life will unfold and change a lot – and so will your mind, your heart and your views. Mindfulness can support you in the process of stepping into a fuller, more joyful way of being. It has the potential to reduce stress and depression, enhance your emotional intelligence, improve your overall quality of physical and mental wellbeing, and is useful for people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of wellbeing.

You don’t have to have any difficulties in order to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is practiced by millions of people who simply wish to enhance their creativity, sense of wellbeing and self-compassion. It is used in business to enhance productivity as well as in schools to helps kids with their journey of learning.

You can benefit from learning mindfulness if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Reducing stress levels, anxiety, depression and physical pain

  • Creating more head space, free from negative chattering thoughts

  • Enhancing your sense of psychological and physical wellbeing

  • Enhancing your creativity and emotional intelligence

  • Learning to live life in the present moment away from past negative habitual responses

  • Reducing self-judgement and enhancing a sense of self-appreciation and self-compassion

  • Enhancing your sense of resilience, creativity and performance

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Robert Gebka, a former Zen Buddhist monk, is a mindfulness trainer and executive director of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. He works in mental health for Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses to the general public as well as business organisations. Robert is also a member of the National Counselling Society as well as the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

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