mind·ful·ness … ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/…
What is Mindfulness anyway? You hear about it, you colloquially say “I’m trying to be mindful of this or that”, but what is it really all about?
The Oxford Dictionary¹ defines Mindfulness as:
(A) The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something;
(B) A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging & accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, & bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Scientific research with adults has shown Mindfulness decreases stress, depression, anxiety, & enhances compassion & empathy. It also boosts executive functioning, which is a term used to describe processes of goal-directed behavior, planning, organized search, & impulse control.
Mindfulness is a skill anyone can develop. It can be applied to anything that arises in your life, from the joyous moments to the most challenging or traumatic events. It doesn’t depend on your gender, age, IQ, physical strength, stamina, or require any special talents. But, as with any skill, mindfulness requires one learn the basic tools to apply it to life, and it requires practice over an extended period of time. All that work won’t be for naught, as mindfulness has the potential to bring you immediate rewards!
WHyyc strives to provide Mindfulness Therapy & Coaching to clients. Services, delivered by Registered Psychologist Sally Powis-Campbell, include Mommy Mindfulness (working with new & seasoned moms alike on integrating mindfulness practices into their busy lives), kiddy mindfulness & mindfulness for adolescents (teaching through books, games, practice, & teaching parents activities to do in the home), mindfulness for busy professionals, mindful eating, & mindful movement coaching. Inquire about mindfulness exercises by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org