Mindfulness refers to the activity of paying attention on purpose, in a particular way, with present moment awareness and nonjudgement. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, deliberately paying more careful attention, moment-to-moment, individuals can live more fully and less on “automatic pilot.”
The mind and body are intimately connected. Thoughts, emotions, stress all have a great impact on health and illness. Mindfulness is one of a variety of self-regulatory practices which individuals can learn to do for themselves to promote their own physical and mental health well-being. The ability to be more mindful in each situation can help break the destructive habitual reactions to stress.
Transformation occurs through understanding, undertanding occurs through awareness.
Mindfulness based therapy teaches one to remain open through painful or unpleasant experience and see the present moment exactly as it is. As we actually sit with the difficult experience we discover that what is inherent in us is the abilty to be composed, unshakable. As we sit with this experience more and more we can feel the depths of our own state of balance.
Because much of life stress stems from worrying about past or future events, present focused training is a powerful method by which to handle discomfort caused by unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviors.