What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness of what is happening inside us and around us in each moment. It is a natural ability that we all experience, and one that we can strengthen with practice. A key aspect of mindfulness practice is the attitude with which we pay attention. Instead of slipping into a harshly judgmental mindset (which often happens automatically), we adopt a sense of curiosity and kindness, which helps us notice our assumptions and be less critical of ourselves and others. This combination of awareness and care enables us to improve the way we manage stress and make choices from a stable base, ultimately empowering us to navigate our lives with greater ease, health, connection, and happiness.
Most of us are extremely busy, juggling responsibilities and often struggling to find balance. Studies have shown that mindfulness practice can yield myriad benefits, positively impacting our physical, mental, and emotional health, and contributing to:
Greater resilience, balance, and overall wellbeing
Lower stress and anxiety
Stronger immune systems
Improved ability to focus
Increased empathy, kindness, patience, and compassion
Decreased behavior problems
Renewed sense of happiness
Healthy, thriving communities at work, school, and home