Mindfulness is a practice which allows us to observe our thoughts and sensations in the here and now. It teaches us to stay in the present moment and allow our worrying thoughts and body sensations to move in and out of our awareness.
Mindfulness is not about trying to relax, but more about learning how to accept things as they are. Mindfulness is promoted in general hospital settings around the world for people who are experiencing distress due to physical or psychological problems.
People who practice mindfulness find exercises like the mindful body scan or sitting mindfulness helpful as a starting point in developing a mindfulness practice. There are instructions in the Getting Started section.
Healthcare professionals may like to share with their patients our Patient Information Handout which describes mindfulness and its value.