10 Reasons You Need to Start Practicing Mindfulness Now
Chances are, you’ve heard of mindfulness. But, what is it and why is it important? Read our interview with Harper College CE instructor Christopher George to learn exactly what mindfulness is and the benefits of practicing it.
MINDFULNESS FOR BEGINNERS: Many of us spend too much time replaying events of the past or worrying about an imagined future, which contributes to stress and unhappiness. Mindfulness helps us cultivate present moment awareness by deliberately paying attention with a sense of openness, curiosity and patience. We are able to tap inner resources for greater clarity, ease, compassion, and resilience. Get an introduction to mindfulness with practice exercises, including guided sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful communication. Explore bringing mindfulness into your daily life.
How would you describe the essence of what mindfulness is?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
In addition to reducing the stress in your life, what other benefits can mindfulness provide?Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Here are some of these benefits, which extend across many different settings.
My approach to teaching mindfulness to others is through practical and proven ways for self-care, and connecting with yourself and others in new and meaningful ways, providing simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated during their lives.