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  • Advanced Mindfulness

    What is Mindfulness?

    I love the definition Jon Kabat-Zinn created for Mindfulness. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Have you ever found yourself driving from point A to point B, not realizing how you got to your destination? Many of us face this daily with our busy schedules and multitude of things on the to-do list. Mindfulness teaches us to stop and be present. I ask my clients frequently, “your body is here, where is your mind?” Most of the time I get an answer focused on the past or somewhere in the future. This is all too common. For my clients who are interested in incorporating mindfulness into their lives, I work with them on education around mindfulness and ways to begin practicing mindfulness.

    Practicing mindfulness can improve both mental and physical health. Physically, it can:

    • Help relieve stress
    • Treat heart disease
    • Lowe blood pressure
    • Reduce chronic pain
    • Improve sleep
    • Alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
    • It can also help be a part of the treatment process when managing:
    • Depression
    • Substance use
    • Anxiety
    • Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors
    • Eating disorders