indfulness might simply be described as paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, to the present moment, non-judgmentally. Maintaining a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts and feelings. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment, rather that rehashing the past or imagining the further. In short, BE HERE NOW. That's it in a nutshell. Simple right? But simple isn't always easy.
The purpose of practicing mindfulness is to be able to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing and not overly reactive to what’s going on around us. We all have the capacity to be fully present. We can cultivate these qualities with simple practices, both formal and informal, that are scientifically proven to benefit us in many ways. Growing research has shown that when we train our brains to be mindful, we become more creative, we boost our concentration, we become calmer and more patient. Research has also shown that being more mindful helps lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety and also helps with depression. By having a consistent mindful practice, we literally wake up and appreciate our lives and what’s happening right now.
By practicing mindfulness using the meditations taught at the acclaimed Mindfulness Based Stress Reductions program, we begin to have a different experience with life. Mind you, nothing on the outside changes, it’s just that our experience to different situations change. We become more grounded and less attached to the distractions and disturbances of our lives. We no longer cling to negative thoughts that upset our balance. When we do this, we are able to face the ups and downs, the storms of our lives with ease, because we are coming from a place of deep calmness.
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