What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the deliberate embodiment of one’s moment-to-moment experience while maintaining a quality of equanimity.

What are some of the benefits of mindfulness?

Mindfulness practices have been studied for decades now and clinical research has discovered it offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Reductions in stress, perception of physical pain, blood pressure, anxiety, depression, mental rumination (obsessive thinking), and emotional reactivity.
  • Increases to working memory, focus, mental flexibility (adaptability), empathy, compassion and relationship satisfaction.

Do you have to be religious or spiritual to practice mindfulness?

Although mindfulness practices and principles originate from contemplative traditions, they can be learned and utilized by anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are identified with a particular religion, an agnostic or atheist. It is a discipline to be used to engage life in a more skillful way—a way of relating to the world that is unfamiliar to many of us, but which holds great promise for those who endeavor to learn.