It seems like we are hearing about mindfulness all of the time, but what is mindfulness exactly? “Mindfulness is moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily never give a moment's thought to (Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn).”
There are many great benefits derived from practicing mindfulness; these range from relief of stress, depression, and anxiety, to improvements in learning and memory, to boosting our immune function and relief of chronic pain.
According to Marsha Linehan, we can begin to understand mindfulness with these three concepts:
How do we practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an internal resource that all of us already have within us. We just need to practice! We can engage in formal practices such as yoga and stretching, or breathing and meditation. We can also use informal practices including mindful eating, awareness of pleasant moments, awareness of unpleasant or stressful moments, awareness of falling into old habits, and awareness of emotional reactions.
Try some of these mindfulness tips:
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