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A Mindfulness Newbie

A Mindfulness Newbie

Is it just me or does it seem like everywhere you look there are references and articles about mindfulness?

There is mindful meditation, mindful eating, how to be mindful, practicing mindfulness just to name a few.

It made me wonder – what exactly is mindfulness?

Dr. Kabat-Zinn,  the founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School defined mindfulness as;

“Paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non judgementally” and then he added, “as if your life depended on it.”

This made me start to think about how much time I actually spend paying attention to what was happening right at any one moment versus spending time either focusing on what has already happened (which I can’t change) or what I was planning on doing next (which has yet to happen).

As a culture, I think that the concept of mindfulness doesn’t naturally fit with how we live our lives.

So many of us are focused on doing so many things all at the same time – and call it multi tasking – that to try and focus only on one particular thought at any one moment in time is just not how we operate (or at least is is for me!).

But the research is starting to show that there are so many benefits of practicing mindfulness and all the benefits it can give you.

Not only can it help your physical health – for example relieving stress, lowering blood pressure and improving your sleep. It can also help your overall mental health and well being too.

So I figure for such a small investment of time and energy I feel somewhat compelled to give it a shot. With so much to gain and so little to lose – here’s to becoming a mindfulness newbie!

Here is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s video on “What is Mindfulness?”:

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.

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