WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
Mindfulness is also a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.
In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing.
More than three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world suggests that training in mindfulness can positively and often profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.
Reawaken to What You Already Are
Mindfulness is not something that you have to “get” or acquire. It is already within you—a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. While the practices have been adapted from classical Buddhist meditation and yoga traditions, Mindfulness Coaching is a secular, scientifically-informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background.
Mindfulness Coaching has benefited people with the following:
Stress—from work, school, family, finances, illness, aging, grief, uncertainty about the future, and feeling “out of control”
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought, utterly undistracted. It’s a special place where each and every moment is momentous. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a harsh smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and thoughts (wouldn’t it be weird to see an elephant playing a trumpet)
Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.
How do I practice mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.
Move Toward Greater Balance, Control, and Participation—in Your Life
Across the world, people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs have practiced mindfulness meditation. They are a lot like you, and they’ve learned to integrate Mindfulness into their everyday lives.
More than two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the Mindfulness Coaching report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- An increased ability to relax
- Improved self-esteem
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.