Mindfulness is an ancient solution to a 21st century problem: the stress we all feel in our jobs and personal lives. As a way to meditate practiced by Asian cultures for thousands of years, Mindfulness has been adopted by all the world’s major religions, and has been incorporated by businesses into training employees in Emotional Intelligence. Mindfulness also plays a big part in managing weight, anxiety, hypertension, and stress reduction.
The basic technique to achieve Mindfulness is to focus on your deep breathing and to stay in the present moment, neither replaying the past nor anticipating the future. Medical research shows that doing this for at least 10 minutes daily for a month promotes positive brain changes. This technique is similar to exercises taught by the HeartMath Institute that teach how to synchronize breathing and pulse rate to enter a positive mental state.
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” — Sylvia Boorstein
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” — Pema Chodron
“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” — Raji Lukkoor
“Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” — Buddha