What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our experience as it unfolds, from moment to moment, with openess, curiousity, and acceptance. Using our mind in this way, allows for the space to more skillfully respond to what life throws our way.
Brain researchers are finding expanding evidence that a regular mindfulness practice can alter the structure and function of your brain to increase self-awarenss, self-reglation, emotional resilience,and compassion for self and others.
Many people wonder what mindfulness can do for them. In adults, reasearch has shown that mindfulness training improves health and well-being.
It helps people of all ages learn more effectively,
think more clearly, identify negative emotional patterns, be at choice in their response to life, and build internal reserves of relaxation and resilence.
Over the last 30 years, a growing body of theory and research has placed mindfulness-based interventions on the cutting edge of promoting health, balance, and well-being in the midst of the challenges we face as human beings in a modern age. In the 1970s anecdotal and research findings about the ability of meditationto reduce unhealthy psychological symptoms triggered interest in mindfulness as a healthcare intervention. Jon Kabat-Zinn, at the Medical Centre at the University of Massachusetts, introduced the first eight week structured mindfulness skills training program which gave considerable psychological, and some physical, relief, to patients experiencing chronic pain or distress from a wide range of physical health conditions. This came to be known as MBSR
(Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Since then, mindfulness has expanded to otherfields such as corporations, atheletics, psychology/therarpy,