I've been spending a lot of time with therapists of late.
No no no, I've not been going under quite yet, it's simply that we've had to generate business cases for more therapists, then job plans for them, then job descriptions and adverts, then interview questions and model answers, then the interviews.
Through this process it's been evident that Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT) and Cognitive Analytical Therapists (CAT) have, for a good while, been preoccupied with (mindful of?) the concept of Mindfulness.
Since about 2000 it's been described in terms such as, "Mindfulness is a technique in which a person becomes intentionally aware of their thoughts and actions in the present moment, non-judgmentally."
It's a sort of acceptance (and mindfulness is at the foundation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
It's been enthusiastically embraced by many clinicians and patient groups because intuitively it makes sense and because its roots are old (thousands of years old, linked to Buddhism and Sufism) so it's neither someone's new fangled get-rich-quick fad, nor a Government edict to change and try this for the sake of being seen to do things differently. Plenty of evidence supports its theory, application and outcomes.
Still, you've got to wonder, although it's been in vogue for 7 or 8 years now, it's not a new idea at all. Is it seen in EastEnders or Corrie this year? No, not yet, but it was foisted 'pon the masses over 400 years ago :
". . . for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
- Hamlet, Act II, scene 2