Mindfulness is the awareness...
that arises when you bring open-hearted, non-judgmental attention to the present moment. Mindfulness practice includes mindfulness meditation, also known as insight or vipassana meditation, and the cultivation of open-hearted awareness of one's present-moment experience. The principles of mindfulness are fundamental to many traditional meditative practices and are non-sectarian in nature. Practicing meditation with a group can have powerful advantages, learn more here.
The practice of mindfulness is beneficial for people experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and physical symptoms related to stress or disease. Through mindfulness we can see clearly, accept, and gain freedom from the suffering brought on by our automatic thoughts and assumptions. We can experience the joy of being fully present in our lives, learn from difficult times, and be open to compassion for ourselves and others.
Listen to an interview with Micki Fine M.Ed., LPC founder of Mindful Living and Brad Drew, creator and principal of The 200 Project. The 200 Project is a network focused on building fully integrated community through more mindful and well-informed life practice. Explore more content from The 200 Project.
Read more about the benefits of a mindfulness practice and the background of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction).