What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on inside us and around us in each moment. A key part of mindfulness practice is our attitude. Instead of slipping into a harshly judgmental mindset (which often happens automatically), we can adopt a sense of curiosity and kindness, which helps us notice our assumptions and be less critical of ourselves and of others. This combination of awareness and care allows us to shift how we manage stress and make choices, enabling 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 proven that mindfulness practice can yield myriad benefits that positively impact our health, improving our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, 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
- Healthy, thriving communities at work, school, and home
- Decreased behavior problems
- Renewed sense of happiness