Mindfulness is a natural state of the human mind. Rather than getting carried away by future ideas of what may or may not happen, or remaining mired in memories and thoughts about the past, a mindfulness practice allows us to see what is happening in the “here and now”.  The experience of this mental state will lead to freedom from delusion, fear, attachment, and unnecessary suffering. Practice is required to recognize and rest in this state. Sometimes, initially, there even can be discomfort in coming back to the present moment, simply because it might be unfamiliar. There can be a sense of not knowing what to do, how to experience what is happening without judging it for its rightness or wrongness. Over time, however, resting in this natural quality of mind provides a sense of openness, freedom and compassion.

Mindfulness is a key feature of contemplative psychotherapy. It is best described as a deep relationship to the security of the present moment. Mindfulness is cultivated through body awareness, the development of empathy and self-acceptance, the identification of resistances and through the unconditional presence and support of a skilled therapist