What is mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skillfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.

Mindfulness is proving to be effective for adults in helping to address a wide range of physical and mental conditions, and improve well-being and the ability to think clearly. The evidence for its effectiveness with young people is showing similar results, and although this evidence base is as yet smaller having only been developed recently, it is very promising and growing rapidly.

Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it is unfolding, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, mindfulness trains us to respond skillfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad. This includes paying close attention to inner states such as thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, as well as to what is happening in the outside world. Mindfulness also involves meta-cognitive awareness: doing, feeling and thinking things and knowing that we're doing so.

Ms Newton, Head of Sociology, has been working hard to successfully embed mindfulness into St Christopher's Sixth Form and the response from the students has been hugely positive. To learn a little more about what she's been teaching them and the positive impact that mindfulness can have, please click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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