Mindfulness

mindfulness-innerPracticing mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to present the moment experience with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. It is an excellent skill to manage stress. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with one's inner experience. There are many ways to bring mindfulness into one's life, such as meditation, yoga, art, or time in nature. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and can be implemented in daily life, by people of any age, profession, or background.

In the last ten years, significant research has shown mindfulness to improve health issues such as lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, foster well-being and reduce emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.

Excerpt adopted and modified from the UCLA mindfulness website UCLA mindfulness website