What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being fully aware of what you are experiencing in each moment, without judgment and with an open heart.  It is being aware of your body, your thoughts and your emotions with an open and friendly willingness to see what is going on in and around you.  It is experiencing all of the joys and challenges of life without becoming overwhelmed by them. Mindfulness teaches you to slow down, which gives you the opportunity to pause before you react, so that you can respond in a way that will best serve you and those around you.

Mindfulness helps you find physical and mental calm in a very demanding world.  Mindfulness meditation helps you quiet your mind, which produces so many thoughts causing  stress, worry and anxiety.  It helps you focus your attention on what is actually happening, and not what already happened or might happen one day.   Mindfulness practices help you achieve an inner calm and stillness, lower your levels of stress, and access your innate inner resilience so that you can learn to not only cope with the unavoidable stresses of life, but you can thrive!

What are the benefits of mindfulness meditation?

  • Anyone can do it.

 

  • It is inexpensive (free in fact) and available at any time.  You can do it anywhere.  All you need is you.  No one even has to know you are doing it.

 

  • There are many psychological and physical benefits to practicing mindfulness, such as
    • stress reduction
    • increased concentration
    • decreased depression
    • improved sleep patterns
    • greater ability to handle difficult emotions

 

  • A growing body of scientific research has shown significant health benefits from practicing mindfulness to conditions such as
    • anxiety disorders
    • allergies
    • asthma
    • depression
    • heart disease
    • cancer
    • high blood pressure
    • chronic pain
    • sleep disorders
    • substance abuse
    • chronic pain
    • obesity

More Research on the Benefits of Mindfulness:

Harvard Neuroscientist: Meditation Not Only Reduces Stress, Here’s How It Changes Your Brain, Washington Post

Why Does Anyone Do Yoga Anyway? Psychology Today

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist, What Compassion Does for the Brain, The Atlantic

Mindfulness Can Literraly Change Your Brain, Harvard Business Review

Mindfulness Is Good for Your Heart—and Your Waistline, The Greater Good

Benefits of Mindfulness, Mayo Clinic

Benefits of Mindfulness, Psychology Today

To read more about mindfulness, check out our meditation articles.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is the practice of deeply focusing one’s mind in a particular way, for a period of time.

There are many different types of meditation – silent, seated mediation; walking meditation; guided meditation; mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation; transcendental meditation (and more). Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years.  It is only recently that our western civilization is beginning to understand how meditation can actually change our brains and bodies, improving our psychological and physical well-being.

Mindfulness meditation is to practice purposefully paying attention on your present moment experience, becoming aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations in your body and your sense of the environment around you.  It is training your brain to be fully present with what you are experiencing, with a sense of awareness, gentleness and ease.

What is mantra?

The word Mantra is literally from the Sanskrit words for “mind” and “instrument.”  A mantra is a word or group of words that act as an instrument of the mind.  A mantra has a sound vibration and these sound waves have a particular energetic resonance that help to quiet the mind and can be used to enter into a deep meditative state.  Mantras are said in repetition creating vibrations which encourage insight and a concretion with self.  Mantra’s can be used to anchor the mind in the present moment, away from distracting thoughts, and to relax the mind to be more awake and aware of your inner and outer world.

Mindfulness Tools for Everyday Life

2bpresent’s goal is to explore  both formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices, as a way of providing people with tools to lower their levels of stress, and to be more present in their everyday lives.  We specialize in taking the latest research from mindfulness, neuroscience and positive psychology to teach practical and accessible tools to help people thrive.   We want everyone to experience the incredible emotional, psychological and physical benefits of achieving that inner stillness by whatever method is accessible to you.