What is Mindfulness? (short summary)

"Mindfulness is about being fully present.  It is about attending to the here and now, without being lost in thoughts about the past, or fantasies about the future.  It is a quality of being that embodies kindness, curiosity, an acceptance.  To be mindful is to actually feel the sensations in your body, even unpleasant ones, without clinging to them or wishing them away.  It is to observe your thoughts without letting them become the only version of the truth.  It is to attend to your emotions, embracing whatever it is you're feeling in the moment, even if it's not particularly comfortable.  It is to be more sensitive and compassionate toward the people and situations around you.  And when practiced diligently, it can transform our health, our relationships, and our impact on the world."
- David Gelles (Mindful Work)

Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Meditation

 Personal

  • Reduced physical & psychological suffering (stress and tension)
  • Improved levels of energy and a greater enthusiasm for life.
  • Increased ability to deal with challenging situations in a calm, composed way.
  • Increased ability to relax, even when faced with stressful circumstances.
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence.
  • Reduced feelings of anger and frustration.
  • Better relationship management 
  • Natural pain management (for those experiencing chronic/on-going pain)

Work Place 

  • Greater Productivity 
  • More Effective Meetings
  • Greater Commitment 
  • Better Decision-Making and Prioritization
  • Increased Creativity and Innovation
  • Less Sick Leave and Employee Turnover
  • Fewer Conflicts

Lists adapted from PocketMindfulness.com and I'm Sorry, What are you Saying? by Martin Strom. 

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What is Mindfulness (short video)?

Mindfulness meditation has its origins in Eastern Buddhist practices. However, in recent decades, "mindfulness" has become popular a practice in the United States and across the world.  Check out this short and succinct video from Happily, which describes: What is Mindfulness? 

What is Mindfulness? (longer video)

“Traditionally a Buddhist form of meditation, its  popularity is growing rapidly and it’s now being taught in schools... You’re encouraged to focus on living in the moment  and its supporters believe it can help deal with stress, mental illness  and chronic pain - amongst others. But, how does it work? Benjamin Zand  has been giving it a go.” -BBC

What is MBSR?

 

MBSR is an 8-week evidence-based program created by Dr. John Kabat-Zinn.  Click on link on the left to learn about mindfulness and the skills introduced through the MBSR course.


More more information about MBSR, visit: https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mindfulness-based-programs/mbsr-courses/about-mbsr/