What mindfulness means to us:
Mindfulness allows us to build our internal capacity for strength and centeredness. Life and work can involve chaos and stress. Mindful practices help us learn to be like the mountain: timeless in our strength and capacity to hold steady as the weather patterns (such as circumstances, thoughts, or emotions) continually shift. No matter what your age or background, you can learn and practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is about being in the present moment, slowing down to become attuned with ourselves and others, and acknowledging the experiences of ourselves and others with a spirit of curiosity and compassion.
Neuroscience supports the health and mental health benefits of mindfulness as well as regulation of the stress response in the body. A wealth of research indicates the benefits of mindfulness for personal and professional well-being.
Helpful quotes about the practice of mindfulness:
In Asian languages, the word for “mind” and the word for “heart” are the same….Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as a wise and affectionate attention.
-Jon Kabat Zinn
Taking a balanced approach to negative emotions so that feelings are neither suppressed nor exaggerated. We cannot ignore our pain and feel compassion for it at the same time. Mindfulness requires that we not “over-identify” with thoughts and feelings, so that we are caught up and swept away by negativity
Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance.
Start living right here, in each present moment. When we stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we're open to rich sources of information we've been missing out on—information that can keep us out of the downward spiral and poised for a richer life.