Photo by Benjamin Balázs (flikr)

Photo by Benjamin Balázs (flikr)

mindfulness
ˈmʌɪn(d)f(ʊ)lnəs/
noun
 1.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
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2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

 

Tooted by the Huffington Post as ‘all the rage’, mindfulness has become very popular in western psychology. From its roots in Buddhist philosophy – where it is referred to as ‘Sati’ –  mindfulness is now being studied for its benefits on both mental and physical health.

According to St. Patricks.ie, ‘It is estimated that 1 in 9 individuals will suffer a primary anxiety disorder over their lifetime’.

The HSE has reported that ‘According to Aware, a voluntary organisation which supports people with depression 300,000 people in Ireland suffer from depression.’

I interviewed psychologist Dr Michael Hogan about mindfulness, and how it can help people suffering with anxiety and depression.