Mindfulness is a very simple concept, but a skill that escapes a lot of people. Simply put, when we are mindful we act as an observer of our minds, our thoughts and feelings, without judging, or holding onto anything. The object is to be completely present in the moment, mostly focused on our senses, our eyes, ears, nose, and skin. Having complete faith in ourselves, we simply accept whatever comes, assuming we have all we need to cope with anything as best we can. Worry and regret becomes a major distraction from being mindful in that it distracts from our attention to what is happening now. Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s stuff in the right sidebar provides great training material. Mindfulness has wide application in treatment of anxiety, depression, mood regulation as well as crisis stabilization. Now it has been found helpful in managing pain. HealthSkills Weblog
“Mindfulness meditation has a quieting effect on me. It gives me a peaceful feeling while doing it and I am able to reduce my back and leg pain by deflecting the pain and by focusing on other parts of my body.
It’s also interesting that things like activity planning and exercise were not specifically included in the programme, but activity levels increased. As expected, acceptance of their situation increased, as did quality of life measures. Pain intensity reduced and ‘global’ health and mental health [improved].”