Mindfulness is the process of purposely bringing your attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness can be developed through coaching, the practice of meditation, and through other training.
The importance of being social is emphasized in the modern world, but it is equally important to put aside a few moments of the day for peace and solitude. In a world where we are constantly connected to others through technology, taking a few minutes each day to allow the mind to settle can be incredibly beneficial. Within a more meditative altered state of mind, you are more likely to experience the creative inspiration or intuitive insight that comes from accessing more layers of your consciousness.
Taking a few moments of solitude creates space in our day to meditation. Making inner space is particularly crucial at the start of the day because it will impact how you perform for the rest of it. Meditation prepares your mind for the challenges in your day ahead through a process of finding balance and clarity.
Mindfulness increases your capacity to achieve a happy life. Being mindful makes it easier to:
There are many benefits to focusing on the “here and now.”
If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in many ways. Mindfulness can:
Psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an essential element in the treatment of several problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Mindfulness works by helping you accept your experiences, including painful emotions.
Mindfulness reduces your tendency to react to painful emotions with aversion and avoidance.
Combining mindfulness with psychotherapy helps my clients gain perspective on non-adaptive and self-defeating thoughts.