About Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises while paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally with kindness. The awareness and skills of mindfulness gives us a way to respond to change and stressors in life and effectively manage a variety of stress-related conditions and reduce symptoms. Mindfulness teaches us how to live well and enjoy life regardless of the ups and downs.

Benefits

Over thirty-five years of scientific research suggests that training in Mindfulness supports overall health, resilience, and emotional well-being.

MBSR may benefit with:

  • Ability to cope with stressful situations

  • Emotional regulation 

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Chronic pain

  • Headaches

  • Chronic illness, high blood pressure, heart disease

  • Gastro-intestinal distress, eating challenges

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Concentration, memory, and learning

  • Immune system

  • Learning self-care and compassion

  • Ability to relax

  • Interpersonal communication and relationships

  • Enhanced vitality and well-being

Why does mindfulness matter?

  • Cultivates our potential to experience the present moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with greater clarity and acceptance, creating space to respond, rather than react

  • Cultivates calm observation for conscious decision-making​

  • Enables us to be more aware of thoughts and feelings, less identified with them, and better able to manage them​

  • Enables us to be nourished and sustained by ordinary moments we normally ignore out of habit

  • Cultivates traits for resilient living: self-awareness, self-acceptance, greater confidence 

  • Strengthens key components for happiness: resilience, calm, compassionate connections to others