A Quick Introduction to A Huge Idea
"The practice of mindfulness defuses our negativity, aggression, and turbulent emotions…..Rather than suppressing emotions or indulging in them, here it is important to view them, and your thoughts, and whatever arises with an acceptance and generosity that are as open and spacious as possible."
- Sogyal Rinpoche (1992 The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. p123)
What is it?
"Mindfulness" is an approach to the thoughts and feelings that can dominate life and keep us trapped in habitual patterns that limit who we are. It describes both a specific practice, usually for personal growth, as well as something larger-a whole philosophy of living.
Most simply, it is the practice of becoming fully aware of the present moment, paying attention in a particular way without judgment. When we are mindful, we can view our thoughts and emotions from a distance rather then becoming absorbed by them-allowing us to make thoughtful choices instead of following automatic reactions. We come from a place of openheartedness, compassion, acceptance and curiosity as we deal with ourselves, others and daily life.
Though it originated in Eastern philosophies and Buddhism, there isn't any necessary religious element to mindfulness. Anyone can access its benefits: Learn More...
What's to Gain?
Mindfulness has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and depression. It improves sleep, regulates eating habits, increases metabolism and aids in digestion and weight loss. Practicing mindfulness every day, even for a few minutes, gives great help coping with the daily stress of contemporary life.
The simple act of stepping back and bringing full awareness weakens the power of "autopilot" - of habitual tendencies, ingrained responses, prejudices and fears. We begin to see thoughts and experiences for what they are-passing thoughts, passing experiences, which we can react to or not. There is a lot of power and freedom in this: Learn More...
Okay, But How?
You can attain mindfulness through a variety of methods including yoga, deep breathing, and meditation, as well as by simply focusing on the present moment and quieting your inner dialogue.
We think a Daily Mindful Practice is the best way to get started. Spend a set time every day-five minutes or an hour-on practices that cultivate mindfulness. You can also practice it throughout the day. One of the great things about mindfulness is that it's a tool anyone can develop that's always with you. Step back and look at your thoughts and feelings from your larger self. The more you practice the more open and aware you become: Learn More...