What is mindfulness?
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that enables you to access your own inner resources and take better care of yourself by exploring the connection between mind and body.
It involves paying close attention to whatever is happening in your life with a sense of interest and curiosity, and nonjudgmentally.
Mindfulness is also about living in the present. Most of the time we are thinking about the past or preoccupied with thoughts about the future, rather than experiencing what is occurring in our lives as it is happening.
By paying attention to the here and now without judgment, it becomes increasingly possible to live life more fully and face life’s challenges with a greater sense of acceptance and ease.
“Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness. It is cultivated by purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily never give a moment’s thought to. It is a systematic approach to developing new kinds of control and wisdom in our lives…Cultivating mindfulness can lead to the discovery of deep realms of relaxation, calmness, and insight within yourself.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, from Full Catastrophe Living
“My own experience suggests that the willingness to stop and be present leads to seeing and relating to circumstances and events with more clarity and directness. Out of this directness seems to emerge deeper understanding or insight…Such insight allows us the possibility of choosing responses most called for by the situation rather than those reactively driven by fear, habit or long-standing training.”
Saki Santorelli, from Heal Thy Self
feeling calmer, more attentive, focused
Cindy’s course in mindfulness had a major impact on my state of mind. I went from always feeling frazzled and mired to feeling calmer, more attentive, and focused. I procrastinate less and get difficult tasks handled with more efficiency and intelligence. I even lost some weight with mindful eating.
Holly H, Psychotherapist
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