Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Practitioner: Sara Della Torre

Mindfulness means being aware of and fully present in what is happening in the moment, stepping into the present moment, in a non-judgmental way.

Mindfulness and its origins The concept of mindfulness has its roots mainly in Buddhist contemplative traditions.  The English name mindfulness is in fact derived from the Sati word for ‘awareness’ or ‘present, active attention’.

The practice of Mindfulness is aimed at reducing and eliminating suffering related to an incorrect understanding of reality, drawing its origins from the Four Noble Truths (the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of pain, and the truth of the path leading to the cessation of pain) and the Eightfold Path (right view, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mental presence, right concentration), belonging to the most ancient Buddhist spiritual culture. This practice aims to help us replace reactive, automatic and destructive behaviour in daily life with conscious and functional choices.

Relaxation techniques include:

  • breathing exercises,
  • relaxation postures,
  • guided meditations.


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