Mindfulness is awareness. It's a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. When we practice mindfulness we develop a superpower to be more aware of what we are actually doing, how our thoughts and feelings are swaying us, and the effects of our environment/culture. We develop the ability to learn to respond with our best selves instead of reacting from our emotions and fear-based thinking.
Cultivating awareness may seem insignificant but most of the time we are on autopilot racing through our to-do lists, accomplishing our goals and, constantly in doing mode. When we’re lost in thoughts, we lose touch with our body, and we get absorbed in obsessive thoughts about the past or stuck in fretting about the future, this causes stress to build up in our nervous systems. As we know chronic stress leads to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress-related illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and emotional reactivity. Basically, it's hard to be your best self under these circumstances.
Why Should I Learn and Practice Mindfulness Meditation?
Learning to practice mindfulness helps to change your relationship to stress by cultivating the ability to step out of the constant doing and be in the present moment. This allows our bodies to rest so that we can better respond to stress with compassion, patience, and awareness.
Do you want to learn how to practice mindfulness? Sign up for our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Group. An educational group focused on the management of chronic pain and stress. Click the link below to join us and to learn more.