“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness involves cultivating present-moment awareness while letting go of our judgments. It is connecting in the here-and-now while putting aside worries about the past or future. This practice helps us to gain control of our thoughts and feelings, without acting on them or judging what lies in our minds. It supports us in watching our thoughts go by without reacting or responding to each one. It teaches us that our thoughts and feelings do not always need to be acted on. Research shows that mindfulness practice is beneficial in managing anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more.
In his book, Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom in your body and mind to face
stress, pain and illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
*on-going contact with the world
*a non-judgmental attitude
*attention to the here-and-now experience
MINDFULNESS IS NOT…
*a religious practice
*a form of hypnosis
BENEFITS OF MINDFUL LIVING
- Mindfulness helps us to feel more calm and at peace.
- It helps us develop patience in dealing with stress and the world.
- It helps to cultivate concentration and focus without feeling distracted.
- It helps us to engage in more satisfying, memorable experiences and relationships.
- Mindfulness aids us in listening without responding or making a judgment.
- It helps us listen to our breaths, bodies, and hearts.
- Mindfulness teaches us to become more aware of cues from the environment and from our bodies, leading to insight and intuition.
- It supports us in better understanding ourselves and tolerating emotional distress.
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.
It isn’t more complicated that that. It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” -Sylvia Boorstein
“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” –Lao Tzu