Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. Being present to ourselves in this way allows for more creative engagement with ourselves and with the world around us.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Most mindfulness courses include learning meditations, such as the body scan, mindful movement and walking, sitting meditation, and shorter meditations like the three-minute breathing space. Each teacher will run their mindfulness courses slightly differently, but this will give you an idea of what to expect from a typical course.
Research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: Stress reduction, Boosts to working memory, Focus, Less emotional reactivity, Relationship satisfaction, Mindfulness has been shown to enhance self-insight, morality, intuition and fear modulation.
Mindfulness is getting too commercialized. Finding the right teacher is often difficult for people approaching mindfulness for the first time. It has been stressed that there is a need for proper training of at least a year until health professionals can teach meditation, partly because on rare occasions it can throw up "extremely distressing experiences". When choosing a course you need to have a sense of the training of the teacher.