My favorite definition of mindfulness was stated by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
Paying attention, on purpose, moment by moment, non-judgmentally.
It sounds quite simple, but close your eyes and you will probably immediately notice a bombardment of thoughts, to do’s, memories, etc.
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Rarely do we spend our days living in the present. Instead we are usually preoccupied with the past or concerned about the future. Getting into the present takes practice – it is like strengthening a “muscle” in your brain.
Why practice this?? Because it FEELS good. Not only does it feel good, but research is showing actual physical and psychological health benefits associated with intensive mindfulness practice. The practice won’t make your problems disappear, but it can certainly change the relationship you have with your problems.
The mindfulness meditation program which has been widely studied is called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts. It is an 8-week intensive class guiding participants to tap into their inherent abilities in mindfulness. For information on my upcoming MBSR teaching cycle, click HERE.
If you would like to host a mindfulness meditation workshop in your home or office, feel free to contact me for more information.