Mindfulness meditation was developed from one of the oldest traditions in India over 2,500 years ago. It has been westernized by Universities into an 8 week program, MBSR & MBCT, to treat depression relapse and stress. It is evolving into schools, the workplace, and in many beneficial strands to enhance human potential and create positive social change.
Mindfulness helps to restore the body and mind through slowing down and pausing, and recognizing and working with difficult emotions, pain, and discomfort. There is also a growing concern that clinical applications of mindfulness may restrict service users by affordability, accessibility or lack of cultural familiarity.
The Mindfulness Network for People of Colour aims to provide training in cultural competency with the existing infrasture but also to create opportunities of training for BAME groups and individuals or groups who wish to benefit from MBI, mindfulness based interventions. Often because diversity and inclusion schemes leave out those populations affected the most.