Do you experience anxiety, stress, or depression? Do you want to be more centered and self-aware? Would you like to have a sense of calm and poise when faced with life's problems?
Mindfulness meditation is a technique adapted from Buddhist Vipassana meditation by which you learn to be mindful, the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of your attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment. Mindfulness meditation can become a mental position for being able to separate a given experience from an associated emotion, and can facilitate a skillful or mindful response to a given situation.
Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
By focusing on the here-and-now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others. Below is a 10-minute guided mindfulness meditation I facilitated to serve as an example and for you to to use to practice mindfulness.