Katrina has now graduated with an MSc in Mindfulness Studies with the University of Aberdeen.
Her final dissertation, "Seeing the Whole Elephant: Understanding the Nature of Mindfulness" is now made available here free of charge for the benefit of other researchers and interested parties. This arts-based research was an exploration of the nature of mindfulness using composition as a methodology. The dissertation explores the mindful experience of composing "The Astonishment of Being" - a work for large community orchestra with solists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
For those who don't want to wade through 18,000 words of philosophical research, here's a shorter introduction to the topic of mindfulness and music: Mindfulness has historically been developed through meditation practice, but there is increasing evidence that it can also be developed through compassionate music practice and that this may bring similar benefits, i.e. increased ability to focus and concentrate, greater clarity of mind and a wider awareness in any situation. As the mind is trained in this way, it becomes possible to regulate one's emotions more easily, resulting in greater emotional stability and a reduced susceptibility to stress, anxiety and depression.