According to Professor Mark Williams (2011), Oxford University "Mindfulness is a translation of a word that simply means awareness. It's a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are doing while you are doing it. It's knowing what's going on inside your mind and body, and what's going on in the outside world as well.
Most of the time our attention is not where we intended it to be. Our attention is hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the future, and our regrets and memories of the past. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment, and without judgement. It's like training a muscle - training attention to be where you want it to be. This reduces our tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to us choose how we respond & react."
Interest in mindfulness has been growing steadily in recent years. There are now thousands of research studies into the uses of mindfulness, and professionals are using mindfulness in Boardrooms, Schools, Prisons, Court rooms and hospitals across the world. Mindfulnet.org is an independent mindfulness website that aims to provide "everything you need to know about mindfulness in one place".
Mindfulnet is an independent, not for profit website dedicated to providing easily accessible information on mindfulness. Mindfulnet provides information on mindfulness, MBCT (Mindfulness based cognitive therapy) and MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction). We describe what mindfulness is, and its uses including mindfulness in schools, mindfulness in prisons, mindfulness in courts, mindfulness in universities, mindfulness in the workplace, mindfulness for executives, mindfulness for medical practitioners and therapists. We also list research into mindfulness, such as mindfulness for stress, sleep disorders, cancer and much more. We advise on how to select a mindfulness teacher and MBSR / MBCT courses. We have a UK and USA bookshop dedicated to mindfulness books, and recommend the best books to read about mindfulness. We list mindfulness events and news. Lastly, we explain the science behind mindfulness. Mindfulnet, the independent mindfulness website.