“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means being fully engaged in what is happening in one’s surroundings while calmly accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations without judgment. Essentially, it means paying attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
According to research, the average person has approximately 60,000 thoughts per day. Constant overthinking and analyzing keep us away from living in the present moment. Left to itself, the mind wanders through all kinds of thoughts- we anticipate stressful future scenarios that haven’t happened and ruminate on stories of the past that keep us in a heightened state of tension.
Studies suggest that focusing on the present can positively impact our health and well-being. There are numerous benefits to practicing mindfulness:
• Decrease stress and anxiety
• Reduce emotional reactivity
• Increase equanimity and resilience
• Better sleep
• Improve focus and attention span
• Help with pain management