Professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviours.

Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.

It’s become increasingly common for mindfulness training and meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioural therapy. This development makes good sense, since both meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts.

Mindfulness for stress reduction and dealing with anxiety is an area where this practice can be especially beneficial.


  • Improved wellbeing
  • Greater capacity to deal with adverse events
  • Stress relief
  • Lower blood pressure and treatment of heart disease
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction of worry and anxious thinking
  • More enjoyment and satisfaction of life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Development of better relationships
  • Used in the treatment of depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc. 

Online meditation coaching is available by Skype. Please contact me at sarah@sarahoflaherty.com or phone 0474 819 235 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

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