In the hustle and bustle of an endless list of tasks and to dos, how do we make that time to slow down and really take in the experiences around us? Welcome to life, or better, welcome to chaos.
In the litany of life, the pressures to perform and hit metrics can be daunting. So much so, that we miss the beauty of what’s happening all around us, everyday, every moment.
Welcome to mindfulness.
Mindfulness has its origins in ancient Buddhist meditation practices. Considered to be the founder is Jon Kabat-Zinn, credited for founding the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the 1970’s. Since then, the practice has grown to assist millions of people with depression, anxiety, sleep problems and chronic pain
Certainly you’ve heard the word spoken in the form of a practice or even rolled your eyes in vexation of it being yet another task to perform. Never fear, there’s a new way to tap back into your own peace and create a life that is deeply meaningful while also juggling a hectic schedule.
What is it?
Mindfulness is acceptance of the way things are in the moment and paying close attention to our thoughts without either judging them or even believing them. If there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment, then we’re in evaluation mode and the brain tends to be very convicting and judgmental to our behaviors.
When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. We essentially, feel calm.
Who is it for?
This is not a religion, however it will connect you to your inner self and what others like to refer to as a Higher Power or a divine connection.