My good friend Dr Jan Goss provides an overview of Mindfulness, and how it can help with our Well-being...

Mindfulness is unavoidable at the moment! It pops up in the media, on BBC TV and radio, in the daily broadsheets, popular magazines, and in 1000’s of books on the subject. It is being heralded as a remedy for insomnia, an aid to focus and concentration, a technique to improve engagement, work satisfaction, and productivity. It is also used to reduce stress and combat depression and anxiety by relaxing the mind and body and in turn increasing emotional resilience.

So what is mindfulness? It is a calm and clear state of mind, the result of letting go of anxieties by simply bringing our

undivided attention into the present moment. It is an open and unbiased attitude that is able to take in the bigger picture, which of course, is useful in a professional and personal capacity as it results in more effective communication and better relationships, which in turn impact upon our health and wellbeing.

I have been practising meditation for 15 years, the last 6 of which, I have devoted to mindfulness training, which, as scientific evidence shows, leads to positive changes in our brain and our body. Using a tried and tested (2,500 year old!) technique it is possible to improve the brains capacity for the skills mentioned above. In addition, the practice results in a ‘relaxation response’ that occurs in the physical body lowering respiratory rate, heart rate and blood pressure. Hundreds of research experiments (including my own) in areas such as neuroscience, psychology and health research repeatedly show these positive outcomes. The evidence is irrefutable – mindfulness is beneficial to health and wellbeing for a variety of reasons!

The technique is simple. By concentrating on our breath, developing greater sensory awareness, and paying attention to our thoughts, we can begin to experience the benefits detailed above. In my personal experience of working with people from all walks of life, including police personnel, therapists, coaches, executives, students and medical doctors, these benefits are often noticeable after just one guided mindfulness meditation – but as with most things in life, the more we practice the greater the reward.

Meditate now: