“Mindfulness is moment- to- moment, non- judgemental awareness, cultivated by paying attention.” (Kabat-Zinn, 2005)
Jon Kabat- Zinn is recognised as the initiator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR), developed as an intervention in the West, where the essence of mindfulness stems from Buddhism. Attitudinal qualities of mindfulness include: paying attention to present moment experiences, non-judging, non- striving, patience, acceptance, compassion, and letting go. These are all universal human qualities that, in today's world, often appear only transient. MBSR programs are intended to cultivate and embed these qualities, through mindfulness meditation and practises.
There is now a plethora of evidence to support claims of the benefits of mindfulness practise on, physical, emotional and psychological well- being. Practising meditation can help individuals with presenting issues, such as depression, chronic illness, and pain relief. Furthermore, mindfulness meditation may be used to assist many individuals, in cultivating a healthy mind and, in turn, a happier life. Moreover, research indicates that long- term practise can have preservative effects on the brain (Holzel et al., 2011; Singleton et al., 2014).
MBSR is an effective intervention for managing stress, for non- clinical conditions and settings and, is growing in popularity as a choice for organisations, to promote the health and well- being of their employees.
Holzel, B. K., Lazar, S. W., Gard, T., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Vago, D. R., & Ott, U. (2011). How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms of Action From a Conceptual and Neural Perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 537–559.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005), Coming to our senses: healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness, Hyperion, New York.
Singleton, O., Hölzel, B. K., Vangel, M., Brach, N., Carmody, J., & Lazar, S. W. (2014). Change in Brainstem Gray Matter Concentration Following a Mindfulness-Based Intervention is Correlated with Improvement in Psychological Well-Being. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8.
Inessentia provides Mindfuness Based Stress Management programs and workshops to the public and organisations. A bespoke MBSR course has been designed for care professionals, in order to improve the well-being of carers and enhance the ethos of care organisations.
Mindfulness Teacher training courses are available to experienced practitioners of mindfulness, who wish to develop further, and deliver MBSR courses.
All courses are delivered in a safe environment by an experienced practitioner and teacher.
Jilly Edmundson has been practising mindfulness since 2008, holds a Professional Certificate in Education, BSc Honours in Complementary Medicine and Health Sciences, and MSc in Psychology and holds graduate membership to the British Psychological Association. Jilly is also a qualified Yoga instructor.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, is the founder of MBSR. Programs delivered by Inessentia are designed, without being prescriptive, around Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program.