Mindfulness is practicing a different way of being – a more present and compassionate way of engaging with our inner and outer experiences
Based in present-moment awareness, mindfulness allows us to live more fully – to really feel our joys, soothe our pain, and ride the waves of change as they come. There is a tendency in our culture to seek health and well-being from external solutions and quick fixes, often to no avail; mindfulness shows us how to focus our search inward – in a gentle, compassionate way – in order to cultivate well-being from the inside-out.
Modern science proves mindfulness to be a powerful tool for health and wellness. It can be considered a “nervous system technology”: it calms and balances the nervous system, which is key to reducing stress, improving physical health, and enhancing emotional well-being.
Neuroscientific research demonstrates that just 8 weeks of mindfulness creates structural changes in the brain, shifting how it functions in a significant and positive way. From an experiential standpoint, mindfulness is a practice, a mindset, and a box of tools that helps you navigate through the ups and downs of life.
Over 40 years of research show mindfulness to be effective for those struggling with depression, anxiety, emotional regulation issues, trouble focusing, burnout, high sensitivity, and difficult life transitions, but its capacity to reduce stress and enhance well-being is beneficial for all populations. It is found to be an effective tool for all ages, including young children.
Mindfulness can be a stand-alone treatment for those who prefer a holistic, mind-body approach to emotional healing, or an effective complement to more conventional forms of mental health treatment. It involves no medication or talking about problems; its healing power lies in changing the way we approach the moment-to-moment experiences that make up our lives.