“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~ James Bara
Several years ago I began to explore the practice of mindfulness for both my personal and professional use. I have studied under several leaders in the field and am convinced of the relevance and significance of this practice. The term “mindfulness” refers to a number of practices including mindfulness meditation. Incorporating mindful awareness in to each day is relatively simple and has been demonstrated to provide important benefits. Research has shown that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, emotional reactivity, symptoms of depression, and rumination (obsessing or brooding), while improving focus, mental flexibility, learning, memory, satisfaction in one’s relationships and more.
I have happily incorporated the practice of mindful awareness in sessions with my clients with very positive results. Learning to pay attention, in a more mindful way, to the present moment can lead to important and positive shifts in our lives.
The links below will provide you with an overview of the practice:
What is Mindfulness? from Greater Good of the University of California, Berkeley.
Jon Kabat-Zinn on Opening to Our Lives and a Science of Mindfulness from On Being with Krista Tippett (podcast).
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from The University of Massachusettes Medical School.
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation from Psychology Today.