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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness originated in Hindu and Buddhist cultures thousands of years ago. Many of the philosophies of these cultures originated from early African Aboriginal beliefs. Mindfulness is an English translation of the Pali word Sati which means awareness, attention, and remembering. Since its inception, many populations, philosophies, and researchers have adapted its definitions. 

For our purposes, we will define Mindfulness as paying attention to the present moment on purpose, without judgment. 

The Buddha taught that although pain is an unavoidable part of the human experience, suffering is optional. Our suffering is self-inflicted, stemming from our desire for circumstances to be different from what they are. Mindfulness helps us accept what is without needing to change anything. This acceptance allows us to relate to the world, ourselves, and our experiences with less resistance and more peace. 

The non-judgmental aspect of Mindfulness allows us to observe what arises in our experience without labeling what is happening to us as good or bad. As a result, we develop wisdom that allows us to relate to life with more equanimity and less reactivity. We accept that we only have control over our inner world, not the outer world, and we are at peace. 

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What are the benefits of Mindfulness?

  • Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety. 

  • Improves focus and memory.

  • Improves sleep

  • Increases creativity

  • Reduces loneliness by producing feelings of connection and contentment

  • Improves cognitive flexibility

  • Helps individuals manage chronic pain

  • Improves our overall sense of well-being

  • Helps with mood regulation

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Improves digestion

  • Helps the body heal faster

  • Reduces Inflammation

  • Lowers blood pressure

Research is still ongoing to better understand the effects of Mindfulness on mental, physical, and neurological health. 

What is Meditation?

Meditation (Dhyāna) is a practice that has helped humans from various cultures train their minds to focus their attention and awareness. There are many ways to meditate, find what works best for you. 

 

Focused-attention meditation is a practice that helps cultivate a calm mind. During this exercise, the mind focuses on a single object. The object can be internal (breathing, mantras, bodily sensations) or external (sounds, smells). Once you have decided on what you would like to focus on, begin the exercise. The mind will wander; when this happens, and you become mindful of it, gently bringing your attention back to the object of focus. 

 

 

 

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Open-monitoring meditation is a practice that focuses on the internal and external sensations in the body. We use mindfulness to focus our attention on what arises in our experience. Let your mind guide you, observe each arising thought or observation without judgment and without becoming attached to it. Release it and welcome what comes next. 

Loving-Kindness and compassion meditation intentionally bring feelings of tenderness, comfort, ease, soothing, and connection into the meditation experience. This exercise uses visualizations and the repetition of phrases and mantras of love and compassion directed at the self, loved ones, and the Universe

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