What is mindfulness?

“moment to moment, non-judgemental awareness”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is a non-religious training in focusing the attention on the present moment, noticing what you are feeling or experiencing and not trying to feel differently, not judging the experience.

Mindfulness is about experiencing the vividness and richness of life but also seeing more clearly the difficulties that arise and responding rather than reacting in old, habitual ways that may no longer be helpful.

It’s about creating the space in which to make a conscious choice about how you think, feel and behave towards your experience.

And crucially, it’s about developing curiosity and kindness towards yourself and your

What is mindfulness based cognitive therapy?

MBCT combines modern cognitive therapy techniques with the meditation practice.

It was developed in the UK by Professor Mark Williams and colleagues specifically for people
suffering from recurrent depression and is recommended as an effective intervention by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

It has since been adapted for other conditions.

“Mindfulness is revealing and it is healing”

Thich Nhat Hanh

How could it help me?

The proven benefits of mindfulness for people living with cancer are immense: reduced stress, improved sleep quality, increased sense of well-being, improved quality of life and increased immune function.

Furthermore, studies have shown that personal growth and healing is possible once we get
below the surface of fear, anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is a vital practice for living with a chronic illness like cancer and coming to terms with loss and one’s own mortality.

“Whether we are basically healthy at the moment or have a terminal illness, none of us knows how long we have to live. Life only unfolds in moments. The healing power of
mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as you can.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn


“It has opened up another way of being”

“I have reasons to be kind to myself and ways to express this”

“Thoughts are not facts – very powerful for me, to stop my imagination running away”

“Breathing spaces ….. because there is a choice of being afterwards”