Mindfulness is practicing present moment awareness without the distraction of thoughts about the past or future. When practiced regularly, it increases our ability to see things as they arise clearly and without judgment. It enables us to become more aware of ourselves, our thoughts and the world around us with the goal of being more fully present in our lives. It ultimately allows us to better control our thoughts rather than allowing our thoughts and emotions to control us.
This benefits our health in several ways. It allows us to remain calm and actively participate in our own healthcare decisions. It helps us better deal with stress and anxiety, thereby minimizing both. Over time, a consistent mindfulness practice can help the body decrease inflammation, bolster our immune systems, lower blood pressure, increase stamina, slow down aging at the cellular level and even determine which genes in our chromosomes are turned on (or remain off.)
As with any type of full wellness support, it is important to fully research and form your own opinion on whether Mindfulness is right for you in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional. Below are some resource links to help you get started.
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Typically 8-week group programs consisting of weekly meetings and daily home practices, including a variety of mindfulness and yoga exercises.