What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an awareness of what is happening in the present moment. In therapy, you learn how to have a nonjudgmental and accepting position towards experiences. This process involves recognizing your surroundings combined with your ability to observe your thoughts, feelings, and movements as they occur, in a balanced and objective manner.

Who can Benefit from Mindfulness?

Mindfulness based therapies have been shown to benefit many types of clients including those who struggle with depression, anxiety, stressful careers, numerous medical conditions and chronic pain. Additionally, mindfulness has become a strong movement in the corporate world. Industry leaders such as Google, Aetna, Intel, General Mills and the US Marines now offer mindfulness sessions as a part of a daily work routine, for the benefit of workers' mental and physical health.

In recent years a significant amount of research has been conducted which has demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness, including:

  • Strengthening physiological response to stress and negative emotions
  • Helping increase your focus
  • Increasing feelings of well-being and happiness
  • Increasing the openness to new experiences
  • Redirecting thoughts to safer areas of the mind when others are overloading
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Improving social relationships with friends, family and employees
  • Reducing emotional suffering

How does Mindfulness Work?

When we experience negative situations in life, we often will find ourselves ignoring or avoiding the situation, hoping it will eventually go away or resolve itself. In other situations, we may examine an event over and over again without finding a solution to the problem. While these coping mechanisms may feel like they solve the problem, they do not work in the long run and can cause even more turbulence for you down the road. When ignored, these negative events we’ve been storing away will often come back to the surface even stronger. Mindfulness approaches these events directly by helping you maintain an objective perspective, remain resilient to pain and negative thoughts and respond to these thoughts and events in an effective manner.

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