Category Archives: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of awareness characterized by nonjudgmental observation of and interaction with the present moment. Mindful awareness involves an open, curious, and accepting attitude toward your internal experience (bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions) and your external experience (interactions with other people and the environment). Mindfulness may be cultivated and strengthened through regular meditative practices. In fact, research has found that engaging in daily meditative practices for as little as 20 minutes a day over the course of eight weeks significantly reduces self-reported depression, anxiety, negative affect (mood), and rumination (engaging in repetitive negative thoughts or excessively focusing on real or perceived negative experiences / failures).

Mindfulness is a state of being that facilitates freedom from attachment to the need for people, things, or events to be a certain way… tranquility comes with mindful awareness and acceptance of the way people, things, and events actually are. Mindful acceptance does not require your approval. Many events in life will occur, and even persist, with or without your approval. Mindfulness enables you to take a step back from your experience, take the blinders off your eyes, and see the present moment in the light of day… just as it is. The concepts of “good” and “bad” take on new meanings when these labels are no longer hurriedly applied to people, things, and events out of knee-jerk emotional responses or behavioral impulses. Mindfulness provides a quiet space from which you have the opportunity to view any situation, encounter, or experience from all angles. Within this mindful state is psychological flexibility, lessened emotional reactivity, and greater tolerance of distress.

An attitude of mindfulness means that you are aware of the present moment in an entirely new way… with this freedom comes inherent responsibility. You are now responsible for making the choice to respond to internal and external cues rather than react to them. When you welcome and accept all things, the mental and emotional strain of resistance to “what is” dissipates. Mindfulness is one road toward freedom from the unnecessary suffering that persists from denying, ignoring, or raging against the moment. Recognition of the possibility to be freed from unnecessary suffering and engage with your life in a deliberate, nonjudgmental, and accepting manner is part of becoming more mindful. Mindfulness is a tool that can increase your connectedness, acceptance, and awareness with yourself, others, and the world.

Trait Mindfulness: Pre-Sleep Arousal & Emotional Stability

Trait Mindfulness - More Emotional Stability and Less Anxiety at Bedtime

 “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa Mindfulness involves nonjudgmental, open-minded, and alert attention to the present moment accompanied by an accepting, gentle, and curious attitude. Research continues to mount in support of numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits of mindfulness. You may find…

Mindfulness During the Holidays

Mindfulness During the Holidays

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie It is easy to become disconnected from mindfulness during the holidays. The holiday season is often filled with copious stimulation from the external world of the senses and the internal world of thoughts, emotions, and sensations. When…

Embrace Impermanence & Discover Yourself Amidst Change

Embrace Impermanence and Discover Yourself Amidst Change

“If we are not empty, we become a block of matter. We cannot breathe, we cannot think. To be empty means to be alive, to breathe in and to breathe out. We cannot be alive if we are not empty. Emptiness is impermanence, it is change. We should not complain about impermanence, because without impermanence, nothing is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh…

Use Mindfulness to Manage ADHD

Use Mindfulness to Manage ADHD

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell Upon initial consideration, it may appear that using mindfulness to address the symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) would be a frustrating, if not useless, enterprise. The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of…

Use Mindfulness to Get More Alert, Creative & Productive

7 Ways to Get More Alert, Creative & Productive

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw We all experience difficult emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations that can act as powerful deterrents to performing at our optimal levels of alertness, creativity, and productivity. There is little use trying to…

Stop Denying & Start Accepting

Stop Denying & Start Accepting

“I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.”  – Michel de Montaigne What do you really want? Take a moment to reflect on the things, people, and events in life that you want more than anything else. Allow…

15 Benefits of Cultivating Mindfulness

15 Benefits of Cultivating Mindfulness

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” – Pema Chödrön It can be tough to be mindful in a society that is fast paced and intent on getting as much…

Slow Down… Become Mindful

Slow Down... Become Mindful

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu It is difficult to be mindful when your mind is racing a mile a minute, when your emotions feel chaotic, or when your heart is racing out of control.  All of these experiences share a common element… they are all happening quickly.  You…

3 Fundamental Activities of Mindfulness

3 Fundamental Activities of Mindfulness

“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.” – Thich Nhat Hanh What activities come to mind when you picture mindfulness?  How do you “know” when you are truly practicing mindfulness?  Many people experience mindfulness as a quiet sense…

8 Basic Characteristics of Mindfulness

8 Basic Characteristics of Mindfulness

“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” – Lao Tzu What does it really mean to practice mindfulness?  In many ways, mindfulness is such a simple concept that it becomes puzzlingly difficult to truly comprehend, let alone…

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