Why mindfulness works
Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton and Co-Lead for Education Policy for the Mindfulness Initiative said:
“Research evidence is demonstrating that mindfulness is a foundational skill which can help all of us, young and old, to better manage and enjoy our complex lives and become the best version of ourselves we can be. Taking the time through mindfulness practice to become closely acquainted with the workings of our own mind, cultivating the ability to calmly watch our thoughts and emotions come and go in our minds and bodies, with kindness and curiosity, rather than getting caught up in their ‘reality’ is an essential human skill. For troubled souls and those with anger problems, finding practical ways to become less reactive, and more able to manage impulsive feelings and behaviours can be a life saver for the self and others.
Mindfulness also has been shown to build the attitudes and skills that create a sense of connection, compassion and empathy that can motivates us to find new ways of being with people that build kindness and cooperation. So finding vibrant and practical ways that can appeal directly to the young, the alienated, the troubled and the marginalised to help them to practice mindfulness in their everyday lives and get a grip on the impulses and feelings that are creating difficulties is potentially a transformative enterprise.”