What is distinctive in the vision of Basic Mindfulness Waterloo relative to many other approaches to mindfulness training?

  • Teaching is science-friendly, psychologically informed, secular, and intellectually stimulating;
  • Techniques are clear, systematic and carefully explained;
  • Classes have a friendly and safe atmosphere;
  • Participants explore experiences in a fresh, lively and insightful way;
  • Classes are often fun and interesting, yet open to life's serious and painful aspects;
  • Participants learn mindfulness techniques that are practical and relevant to real-life issues.

How would you rate your personal psychological wellbeing on these items?

  • Overall sense of fulfillment and satisfaction with your life so far?
  • Ability to relax deeply and fully whenever you want and to return to a relaxed state after a time of stress?
  • Self-knowledge of who you really are, where you are headed, what it all means?
  • Ability to maintain self awareness and intentionality throughout the day?
  • Freedom from being stuck in a loop with regard to stress, pain, worries, negative emotional states?
  • Ability to stay focused on what is relevant and let go of preoccupations that are no longer relevant?
  • Capacity to manage challenging life transitions effectively and with a felt sense of equanimity?
  • Ability to be present and emotionally engaged in meaningful and satisfying relationships?

Supposing that you see room for improvement, what is the best way to improve psychological wellbeing? Let's divide possible strategies into two categories: (1) Broad and generic approaches with widespread systemic effects; (2) Approaches that target and troubleshoot specific issues you want to improve.

People who regularly practice mindfulness meditation generally describe benefits that fall into both categories. Research shows that mindfulness can often improve overall psychological wellbeing as well as offering specific and more targeted benefits. For many people, mindfulness training may be an alternative or compliment to clinical approaches, enhancing the benefits of mainstream psychological approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy or insight-oriented psychotherapy when these are needed.