Are you contemplating ‘mindfulness’?

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You may have noticed the word ‘mindfulness’ appearing on 702 radio and in media articles, of late. Time magazine devoted its front cover to the ‘Mindful Revolution’ and a Google scholar search will reveal thousands of academic articles. So, what is mindfulness, and why the recent explosion of interest?

Being mindful essentially means staying in the present moment. It sounds so simple but, in reality, is not easy at all. Although, mindfulness practices have formed the foundation of contemplative traditions for over two thousand years, it is the scientific research, using brain imaging techniques, that have established what meditators have long experienced – mindfulness changes the brain and our mind states.