“You are the world expert on your life, your body, and your mind, or at least you are in the best position to become that expert if you observe carefully. Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Many of us spend our time spinning in our own minds, distracted by different thoughts, emotions and body sensations, leaving us quite disconnected from who we are. Mindfulness is a way to reconnect to ourselves. By becoming aware of our thoughts, emotions and body sensations, moment to moment, without judgment, we have the opportunity to choose how we navigate through our lives, and deal with the challenges that inevitably arise.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about developing our ability to pay attention to the present moment; just as it is, without judgement. Much of our stress and pain is caused by our regrets about the past, worries about the future or judgements about the present. When we connect with the present moment, we become aware of these habitual thought patterns. This enables us to create new, healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges.
Mindfulness is not religious—anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy its benefits.
- Increase personal and professional resilience
- Reduce the negative effects of stress
- Assist with a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and chronic pain