What is Mindfulness?
Here’s how some of the leading teachers in the field describe and define mindfulness:
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”.
“I define mindfulness as the practice of being fully present and alive, body and mind united. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us to know what is going on in the present moment”.
–Thich Nhat Hanh
If you have ever arrived at your destination only to realize you remember nothing about your journey, you know that the brain is capable of running us through our day on autopilot. Mindfulness training teaches you how to relate your thoughts so you are more present for your life. Far from being an esoteric spiritual practice, mindfulness is a practical, accessible and purposeful way of approaching your day to day life that is proven to increase well-being and resilience while reducing stress and negative emotions. It increases cognitive function and improves mental and physical health outcomes.
Empirical studies have repeatedly shown the benefits of mindfulness for: