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.
Over thirty-five years of scientific research suggests that training in Mindfulness supports overall health, resilience, and emotional well-being.
Ability to cope with stressful situations
Anxiety and depression
Chronic illness, high blood pressure, heart disease
Gastro-intestinal distress, eating challenges
Concentration, memory, and learning
Learning self-care and compassion
Enhanced vitality and well-being
Ability to relax
Interpersonal communication and relationships
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
Move without Pain by Martha Peterson
Somatics - Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health By Thomas Hanna
Freedom From Pain – by Peter Levine
The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, MD
Full Catastrophe by Jon-Kabat Zinn
Trauama Sensitive Mindfulness by David Trelevan
Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine
Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana