The Benefits of Mindfulness

The topic of mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days and is becoming more widely accepted as an integral part of whole-person wellbeing. The many benefits of practicing mindfulness include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Decreased negative rumination
  • Enhanced focus
  • Improved working memory
  • Decreased emotional reactivity
  • Increased relationship satisfaction

Shifting Your Focus

Mindfulness is a shift in the way we pay attention. It’s a method that helps us move from autopilot mode to being engaged – living and enjoying the present moment. There are three components of living mindfully:

  1. Paying attention on purpose
  2. Experiencing the present moment
  3. Observing thoughts in a nonjudgmental way

You might not realize it, but you’ve most likely experienced mindfulness already. Check out this video for a descriptive introduction to the art and practice of mindfulness.

Being Mindfull With Food

Mindful eating is being aware of what you are eating and trying your best to enjoy the taste, smell and texture of food, treating each meal as an experience.

Here are the seven habits of mindful eating.

Putting Mindfulness Into Practice

    • Here’s a three-minute breathing meditation you can follow along to.
    • Here’s a mindful practice that involves a routine of gentle chair-based stretches.