What is Mindfulness?
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is defined as intentionally paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental manner. By consciously bringing our attention to the present moment, we are able to relate directly to what is occurring in our lives in a new manner.
This practice offers us the opportunity to consciously transform the way in which we relate to life’s experiences and challenges, such as; stress, illness, pain, and anxiety. Mindfulness is compassionate and kind. It helps us to recover our internal balance and allows us to observe directly, our automatic reactions. As we cultivate our innate capacity to live in the “here and now”, we discover that generally we are preoccupied with thoughts of the past or future.
“The best way to capture the moment is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.
Mindfulness signifies ‘wakefulness’. It is to know and be conscious of what we are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Numerous scientific investigations show favorable results for those who practice mindfulness based meditation. The stress of this modern age is something we experience on a daily basis and can contribute to physical and emotional illness. In today’s world, it is challenging to find a moment where we can pause to appreciate the present – in the sounds and smells that surround us; our bodily sensations; our emotions and thoughts, as well as our own breathing that connects us directly with life.
The different mindfulness programs we offer follow the protocols developed by highly qualified and experienced contemplatives and scientists. They are people who have studied and practiced mindfulness for many years. Each of our courses invites us to be responsible for the moments of our lives in order to create a better quality of life.