Mindfulness simply means being present to your moment to moment experience, with openness and non-judgement. There is nothing magical about mindfulness. In fact, you already do it, at least some of the time. Think about a time when you were truly engaged in the present moment. Maybe it was playing with your child, or walking in nature. These are moments when we are open and experiencing each moment fully, without trying to change it, or getting lost in what we will be doing next.
Imagine what your life would be like if had more of these mindful moments?
It is possible. You don't have to take a vacation or go to a spa to be mindful. Through training the mind, either by formal or informal practices, to pay attention to the present moment, you are laying the foundation for more mindful moments in your day-to-day life. Not only do you cultivate more mindful moments, but research shows that mindfulness training has several benefits including improved management of stress, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, impulse control and addictive behaviors, while increasing joy, gratitude, attentional control, communication skills and well-being.
I am a trained mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher through the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. I have witnessed the benefits of mindfulness, both personally and in my clients. I am passionate about helping people integrate mindfulness into their lives, creating a richer and more fulfilling way of being. Although formal mindfulness practice has roots in eastern religious traditions, I teach a secular form of mindfulness practice. I find that teaching a secular style of mindfulness provides a safe and inclusive form of instruction that is accessible for people of all religious and non-religious perspectives.