“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness practice is a key feature of all my coaching programs and relationships. My clients learn how to meditate with guided audio recordings and are introduced to self reflective journal writing around different topics that are relevant to their challenges and goals.
Mindfulness is a way of being; a stance toward life, not just a clever technique used to relax or get out of trouble. Mindfulness can be practiced every moment of every day and infused into all of life’s activities, from walking to eating, talking and listening. Dishes can be washed mindfully and even emails can be checked mindfully.
Meditation is the formal practice of bringing mindfulness to stillness and silence. This practice is often done either sitting or laying down for a set period of time, at an established time of day. When practiced regularly, meditation can strengthen the capacity to stay mindful even when life gets stressful. From my perspective, the point of meditation is not to be a good meditator but to deepen the capacity to be more present to your everyday life.
There has been a great deal of research done over the last decade on the science of mindfulness and all of it's known benefits. Some of the most noted benefits include:
Improved Well being
- Greater life satisfaction
- Savor lifes pleasures
- More engagement with activities
Improved Physical Health
- help relieve stress
- treat heart disease
- lower blood pressure
- reduce chronic pain
- improve sleep
- alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
Improved Mental Health
- substance abuse
- eating disorders
- couples’ conflicts
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
“Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back into touch with our own wisdom and vitality. It is a way to take charge of the direction and quality of our lives, including our relationships within the family, our relationship to work and to the larger world and planet, and most fundamentally, our relationship with ourselves as a person.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D