“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat Zinn
We can’t stop the “waves” or the events that come into our life on a daily basis. We can learn how to “surf” using mindfulness. Mindfulness has become increasingly mainstream in the past decade due to the evidence based benefits for our mind and body. A simple definition of mindfulness is to be in the moment and notice what is happening in your mind and body without judging it. How does mindfulness help? Most of the time we are either thinking of the past or the future and often spend our life in autopilot. We often react instead of responding with intention and ignore the subtle signals our body sends us to cue us to what it needs. Mindfulness allows us to connect to our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations so we can gain awareness in the moment about how to respond.
Mindfulness is much more than just meditation. The meditation allows us to practice the skill but mindfulness is lived throughout our day whether at work, home or play. Mindfulness benefits not only physical conditions like high blood pressure, high blood sugar and chronic pain but also helps with stress and anxiety. Among the other numerous benefits are improved relationships, better sleep, better focus and even weight loss. Most importantly mindfulness helps us live a fuller, richer life.
In addition to using a mindful approach in my coaching, I offer a variety of mindfulness workshops both in my office and for groups. Please contact me for details. I am also offering a free 21 Days to a More Mindful Life email series. Over the course of 3 weeks you will receive an email daily which will include a brief lesson in how to incorporate mindfulness into your life in practical ways. Click here to sign up