What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being aware and present in the moment, paying attention to things that may not ordinarily be given attention. Imagine sitting at the park and observing everything that is happening…rather experiencing everything that is happening. Experience the sound of the wind blowing through your hair or across your body, rather than just sitting as a bystander, passively experiencing life. You are using mindfulness when you are presently aware of your breathing, thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and more.
Mindfulness has been shown to help with depression, anxiety, stress, and a host of other things. There is an aspect of acceptance that is present with mindfulness. With actively observing or experiencing things in the present there is an element of simply accepting things for what they are. This does not mean living a passive life allowing things to happen; rather, it is gaining control and acceptance of life and how we interact with the world.
Why Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness helps with focus. Studies have been shown a significant increase in memory and focus through mindfulness.
Mindfulness helps our bodies. Research indicates mindfulness practices have been shown to improve immune systems.
Mindfulness increases empathy. Research suggests mindfulness training helps individuals access empathy within themselves and are able to interact with others in a mindful manner.
Mindfulness helps manage behaviors in school. Teachers who use mindfulness exercises have seen a decrease in acting out behaviors from students.
Mindfulness helps healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals have a very challenging and exhausting job that is often mentally taxing. Mindfulness practices have been shown to reduce stress and increase productivity of healthcare professionals.