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The approach I use that helps everyone when it comes to improving health and wellness is mindfulness


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness according to the dictionary is "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations"

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leader in the field of mindfulness defines it as, "paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."

Why is Mindfulness Helpful?

  • Improves coping strategies

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Improves stress-related disorders

  • Can treat addictive behavior

  • Reduces baseline hear rate

  • Improves voluntary control of heart rate

  • Boosts immune system

  • Increases grey matter density in brain

How Can You Practice Mindfulness?

          The easiest way (and yet hardest to maintain for long) is to try to pay attention to everything in the present moment: where you are, the feeling of your breath passing through your nostrils and filling your lungs, the feeling of your feet touching the ground, and any other sensation that brings your awareness to the here and now. 

         You can develop a regular mindfulness practice, often referred to as mindfulness meditation and there are several different forms. One of the most famous and most widely researched is known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 25 years ago.I have included links below to the original books and CDs and a link to a video of Jon Kabat-Zinn describing mindfulness. In addition, there are links to handouts about how to bring mindfulness into your life from when Jon Kabat-Zinn visited Oprah in 2006. And finally a link to a free online program for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (which is usually an in-person 8 week class.


By Jon Kabat-Zinn                                                                                                  

Mindfulness CDs                                                                                

Full Catastrophe Living Book                                                                       

Mindfulness for Beginners Book                                                     

Wherever You Go, There You Are Book  

Handouts from Oprah Show

20 Meditation Tips for Beginners

17 Ways To Be More Mindful Every Day

Free Online Mindfulness Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course   

Jon Kabat-Zinn talking about mindfulness meditation

From: Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Bantam: New York

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