What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is.” -Sylvia Boorstein
Mindfulness is a technique you can learn to cultivate in your every day life. Anyone can learn to do this. Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to the present with kindness. Mindfulness helps us shift out of painful patterns, such as rumination and resistance to drop into a better head space. Our capacity to be present with focused attention is the key ingredient for personal change. By being mindful we learn to use our awareness, to direct our attention in a more life enhancing way. We are not focusing on changing our experience such as thoughts, but to redirect our attention from thoughts to the present so we can learn to relax, thrive and live well even when faced with life's challenges.
Studies have shown that practising mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.