Over the last few years Mindfulness has become the new buzzword, the miracle cure for all your problems. It has had a very high media profile with celebrities including Jamie Oliver and Ruby Wax (who is a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapist) extolling it’s virtues as well as scientific proof and studies of its effectiveness.
But Mindfulness (living fully in the present moment) has been practiced by Buddhists for over two thousand years, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction was developed by John Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression was developed from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies by Segal, Williams and Teasdale in 1991 (23 years ago).
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy MBCT is the only Mindfulness that is approved by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (formerly known as National Institute of Clinical Excellence and is still abbreviated as NICE) since 2004.
My introduction to Mindfulness was in 2007 when we learnt about Traumatic Incident Reduction on my Professional Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis. I was awarded my Foundation Diploma in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in December 2008. My Mindfulness training and practice continues to develop even now.
As a hypnotherapist I was offered a six week, (one and a half hours per week not the standard 8 sessions 2 hours long) free training in Mindfulness. I accepted not telling them that I was already a Mindfulness Teacher as I though it would be an interesting new learning experience to see another teacher work.
The training was very poor we were not given access to a body scan recording until the fourth week of training and we were not given many of the other techniques of the MBCT course. The aim of this free training was for practicing therapist to sign up to do their training to become a Mindfulness therapist. We were told that any meditation that we had done would count towards our qualification and that we could be qualified by the end of the year.
For my Mindfulness training I had to keep a journal of my daily Mindfulness practice, go on a five day silent retreat, complete 2 years on my personal Mindfulness practice and other tasks before I was eligible to attend my MBCT Teacher Development part one.
Because Mindfulness in the buzzword of the moment, because you can run groups of 10 or more people at £200 to £300 per head so it is very lucrative it is also the bandwagon to jump on so be sure that if you want to try Mindfulness for yourself to make sure your teacher is qualified and has their own Mindfulness practice.