What is Mindfulness?

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Imagine having the ability to be more fully present in life’s moments – without being overly reactive, attached, or judgmental of what’s going on.

That’s what mindfulness is all about. It’s exercise for your brain!

Many of us are unaware of how much we’ve been conditioned to ruminate on our past or future worries. 

Mindfulness practice provides a way to strengthen our ability to pay attention to what’s happening in the present moment – with acceptance, kindness, and curiosity.

When you train your mind to be more present without over-attachment to your thoughts, you are actually changing the structure of your brain. You create new neural pathways that can contribute to an overall happier disposition.

How can I practice mindfulness in daily life?

You can practice mindfulness by intentionally noticing your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surrounding environment. Meditation offers you the space to “practice” this while you’re in a quiet space without distractions.

Other techniques such as mindful breathing allow you to practice mindfulness even in the midst of life’s daily stressors

Whether you’re a mom, a young child, a student, or a teenager, this can help you access that inner place of calm and stillness even when things get stressful.

Benefits of Mindfulness

How mindfulness improves your health

Reduce stress
Better Health and Pain Management
Increase Attention
Enhanced Mental Health
Better Sleep
Improved Academic Success
Greater concentration and attention span
Boosted Resilience
Clarity and Control
Improved immune function

How mindfulness improves your child’s educational success

Attention and focus
Better grades
More effective emotion regulation
Better behavior in school
Greater empathy and perspective-taking
Better social skills
Reduced test anxiety
Less stress
Decreased frequency/severity of posttraumatic symptoms
Lower rates/severity of depression
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Mindfulness brings you back to the precious present

 “People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy.” 

–  Steve Bradt, author of Wandering Mind Not a Happy Mind

Paying attention to what is happening in the present moment is often challenging. We, as humans, tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the past, or worrying about what might happen in the future.  In turn, this can frequently lead to feelings of unease, anxiety and depression. 

Mindfulness empowers humans of all ages to become happier, more patient, attentive, and accepting by promoting social and emotional learning practices in and out of the classroom.

We can’t wait to help you feel the joy of being more present and look forward to seeing you in one of our classes soon!