What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
“Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you (in your body, heart, and mind) in the present moment. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.”
(Chozen Bays, 2011).
Why Practice Mindfulness?
You may feel stressed, anxious, angry, worried, depressed, or "not your usual self". Mindfulness meditation practice has the potential to help with emotion regulation and bring forth states of relaxation, contentment, peacefulness, compassion and joy. Evidence-based mindfulness research has shown to enhance relaxation, self-awareness, creativity, productivity, well-being, health, spiritual fulfillment, and more.
Mindfulness involves attention and awareness. Attention is practiced through focus on a specific object (e.g., breath, candle). This type of meditation is one-pointed like a laser beam and sharpens your concentration. Awareness meditation is effortless and opens to a broader field of awareness that may be experienced as spaciousness ("letting go" and "letting be").