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Mindfulness: What is this new buzz word?


Buddhist monk, Gelong Thubten has spent the weekend in Jersey teaching a series of mindfulness meditation workshops.

The practice has become somewhat of a 'buzz word' in recent years and is now used among medical professionals as a non-drug treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress.

So what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is meditation. These days it has become incredibly popular because people are recognising meditation's great benefits for relieving stress and increasing mental clarity. So, it's helping people at work and has become a professional skill that people want to develop in their lives.

– Thubten

Thubten has been a monk since 1993. He has taught mindfulness to companies such as Google, Morrisons and the NHS.

I don't really believe in stress management in terms of people trying to get rid of the stress. I believe in how we can change our attitude towards stress. It's more of an internal thing.

– Thubten

Thubten became a monk after experiencing stress during his 20s.

When I was 21 I was suffering from quite a lot of stress and I wanted to learn meditation. So I went to a monastery to learn meditation. I was only meant to stay a year, but at the end of the year I thought 'This is actually something that I really feel has great meaning', so I stayed longer and gradually I kept extending my commitment until I became a life-long monk.

– Thubten

Why Mindfulness?

Good mental wellbeing is about more than just avoiding mental health problems. It also means feeling good and functioning well.

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate lifes pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner. It helps to reduce stress as well as to develop more focus and mental clarity.

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