What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to your life experiences (internal and external), here and now, with kindness and curiosity.
Some "Basic" Science behind Mindfulness
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The Mindfulness Movement Started With:
Jon Kabat -Zinn, Ph D. Molecular Biologist, Professor of Medicine, Director of The Stress Reduction Clinic and The Center of Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at UMASS Medical School; MBSR Program (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction); Author: Full Catastrophe Living; Mindful Parenting. JKZ first created the MBSR program to help individuals suffering from chronic illness, chronic stress, and chronic pain.
Research, Acceptance, and Exploration….
The Medical World: is appreciating the Mind-Body relationship and fostering participatory medicine, where the patient is not a passive recipient, but a real partner in healing. Mindfulness practice is well researched, scientifically proven, and now a common and respected form of integrative treatment.
Business Leaders: (Google and other large corporations) are bringing Mindfulness to the workplace with Weekly Mindfulness Meetings, which are known to increase creativity and productivity.
Politicians: Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio advocates Mindfulness in healthcare, schools, and the military (particularly Veterans), policemen and women as well; author: A Mindful Nation.
Education: Focused programs: Mindful Schools; Calmer Choice; Learn to Breathe; Mind Up; Inner Kids; Mind-Body Awareness Project for Incarcerated Youths, and many more developing in pockets across the country…
How we Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness supports our Physical Health
Mindfulness allows us to Stop, Observe, & Think