What mindfulness isn’t

What mindfulness isn’t

I so totally agree with this, read it, learn from it. If you do nothing else today but read this then you have achieved something important.


I have said many times that I am a fan of mindfulness and that in some ways undertaking Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was a game changer for me. I might not have a regular formal practice (see below) but I use the skills I learned there every day. So I get angry and upset when I see descriptions of “mindfulness” that I simply don’t recognise or see skills wrongly applied so that service users have “have failed” or are “no good at” mindfulness (for a more thorough explanation of why I think that’s ridiculous and unfair see this post: https://purplepersuasion.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/mindfulness-for-bipolar-disorder-simpler-than-you-think/)

Pretty much every month or so there’s an article in the mainstream media on mindfulness and today it’s the turn of BBC health to report on the benefits of mindfulness in schools. It draws heavily on this paper which appeared in The Psychologist. I’ve seen worse pieces on…

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