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Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.
Mindfulness is an ancient concept grounded in Buddhist traditions that has been practiced for centuries. Only in the last few decades has mindfulness gained traction in the West when Jon Kabat-Zinn brought the practice of secular mindfulness to the U.S. Since then, research has shown the benefits of mindfulness for not only mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and stress management, but also for physical ailments, such as chronic pain, heart disease, tinnitus, and immune functioning. Furthermore, studies using brain imaging have demonstrated tangible changes in the parts of brain linked to concentration, working memory, problem-solving and other executive functions, among mindfulness practitioners.
Due to its many benefits, mindfulness is considered a trans-diagnostic and resource-building approach to improve overall well-being and resiliency for whatever life throws your way. In this way, mindfulness can be integrated into any treatment to help improve its effectiveness. Mindfulness is commonly defined as intentionally paying attention to the present moment with a non-judgmental attitude. This practice not only involves paying attention to the world around you, but also dropping into your body and paying attention to your core being. In this way, mindfulness helps you connect to your authentic self to promote healing. Cultivating mindfulness can occur through several different types of practices, including formal meditations and informal activities (e.g., being mindful while brushing your teeth or eating a meal). I will work with you to explore and tailor the practices that fit best with you and your lifestyle.