”Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness brings ancient wisdom to our modern lives.
We tend to live much of our lives on autopilot. Most of the time we are occupied with our own thoughts – thinking about what has happened in the past or imagining what might happen in the future.
Through mindfulness we develop the capacity to become more aware of what is happening in our lives as they are unfolding. And we do this without coloring it with our judgments, fears, hopes, or fantasies.
By reducing distractions, mindfulness helps us focus our attention, enabling us to directly experience what is happening right here, right now.
Nothing ever happens in the past or in the future – “Now” is the only time where our lives unfold… the only moment there is.
Research shows that mindfulness can prevent or reduce the severity of stress-related illnesses, including depression. Studies have shown its positive effects on the immune system, pain, chronic depression, sleep, and anxiety. Mindfulness also leads to increased levels of concentration, tranquility, and a general feeling of well-being.
Have a mindful day!