What is Mindfulness?

 

As you can see in the graphic above, mindfulness is at the center of my approach to health, wellness, and life coaching. It’s because when we truly connect with life in a mindful way we are able to see who we are more clearly – made in the image of our creator. As the psalmist would say “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps 139:14)!

 

We have a tendency for us to cruise through life on autopilot. We interact with people while looking at our cell phones. We listen to a podcast while we exercise. We drive while texting (bad idea)! Being mindful of the present moment is the key to understanding who we are. Through the resources of my course you will not only achieve your individualized goals – but also develop a life skill that will help you well into the future.

 

Reasons why people train in Mindfulness

  • Illness

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Depression

  • GI distress

  • Chronic pain

  • Anxiety and panic

  • Sleep disturbances

  • High blood pressure

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Stress — job, family or financial

 

Studied Benefits of Mindfulness Training

  • Cognitive benefits

  • Emotional benefits

  • Physiological benefits

  • Increased self-awareness

  • Increase in positive thoughts

  • Increased ability to concentrate

  • Increased capacity for empathy

  • Increased capacity for compassion

  • Lower blood pressure and pulse rate

  • Increased ability to regulate emotions

  • Increase in ability to be non-judgmental

  • Increased brain activation in regions associated with positive thoughts and mood

 

What is Mindfulness?

Broadly defined, mindfulness is learning how to use our natural mental faculties of attention & intention. We first bring a non-judgmental attention, to our daily life experiences. Then we choose a wise intention, to match any of our life experiences. This deeper understanding of our life, results in more health & happiness. As we practice mindfulness we have less stress & more calmness, clarity and choices.

 

Mindfulness training is a way of learning to consciously and systematically work with stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life by not turning away from them but learning how to be resilient with and through them.

 

Mindfulness is already within the human experience. A deep internal resource of attention, intention and attitude that is available to us. Mindfulness is patiently waiting to be used in the service of learning, growing and healing.

“Mindfulness is moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness.”  -Jon Kabat Zinn , Ph.D. (1990)

 

Mindfulness is not:

 

Mindfulness is not something that one gets or acquires. It is already within the human experience. A deep internal resource of attention, intention and attitude. That is available to us and is patiently waiting to be observed and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing.

 

The 5 basic Mindful practices are:

  • Mindful SOS – spending 5 minutes reflecting on breathing when feeling stressed

  • The Body Scan- mindful attention while lying down

  • Mindful Walking- mindful attention in daily life and activities

  • Mindful Sitting Meditation- mindful attention while sitting still

  • Mindful Eating- mindful attention while eating

 

It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.  It is only love that can give us insight into what is real and what is important.  And so a radical act of love makes sense- love for life and for the emergence of one’s truest self. -Jon Kabat-Zinn