About Mindfulness

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Why should I learn and practice mindfulness meditation?

Mindfulness is the natural ability to be fully present here at this moment.  When we practice mindfulness we develop a superpower to be more aware of what we are actually doing, how our thoughts and feelings are swaying us, and the effects of our environment/culture. We develop the ability to learn to respond with our best selves instead of reacting from our emotions and fear-based thinking. 

Cultivating awareness may seem insignificant but most of the time we are on autopilot racing through our to-do lists, accomplishing our goals and, constantly in doing mode. When we’re lost in thoughts, we lose touch with our body, and we get absorbed in obsessive thoughts about the past or stuck in fretting about the future, this causes stress to build up in our nervous systems. As we know chronic stress leads to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress-related illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and emotional reactivity. Basically, it's hard to be your best self under these circumstances.

 

Learning to practice mindfulness helps to change your relationship to stress by cultivating the ability to step out of the constant doing and be in the present moment. This allows our bodies to rest so that we can better respond to stress with compassion, patience, and awareness.

What does science say?

When we practice it doesn’t help to focus on the benefits or try to accomplish a goal, but there are many benefits. 

Over the past 40 years scientific research has demonstrated known benefits:

  • Reduce stress

  • Boost the immune system

  • Increase emotional balance

  • Help manage anxiety and depression

  • Reduce chronic pain

  • Prevent and treat stress-related illnesses

  • Increase a sense of well-being and joy

  • Greater self-compassion

  • Enhance creativity and performance

  • Increase self-awareness to overcome limiting beliefs