Sussex Mindfulness Centre

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a particular kind of awareness that arises from an open, kind attentiveness to experience. The emphasis in the practice of cultivating mindfulness is not so much about trying to change experience but to bring a deep noticing and radical acceptance to whatever arises. This encourages a capacity to ‘be’ as well as to ‘do’.

For more information about what mindfulness is, please watch this video.

What is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)?

MBCT is a structured programme of mindfulness practices informed by cognitive therapy exercises and techniques. It usually runs for eight weeks in a group format and requires participants to practice on a daily basis at home in between groups.

MBCT is recommended by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for helping people who have had three or more previous episodes of depression to not become depressed again.

Research is also increasingly suggesting it may also be helpful for managing a range of problems including stress, anxiety and depression.