February 7th, 2015
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about finding ways to slow down and pay attention to the present moment—which improves performance and reduces stress. It’s about having the time and space to attend to what’s right in front of us, even though many other forces are trying to keep us stuck in the past or are inviting us to fantasize or worry about the future. It’s about a natural quality which each of us possesses, and which we can further develop in just a few minutes a day.
Classic mindfulness meditation relies on sitting in an upright yet relaxed posture for a period of time and paying attention to your breathing, your bodily sensations, and your environment. This practice has been demonstrated to provide measurable benefits in health and well-being. It’s helped many people with anxiety, depression, and stress—both the everyday levels of stress and the crippling levels of stress that send people to the hospital.