When you’re mindful, you are aware of your thoughts and feelings as they are happening, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Mindfulness is achieved through regular practice. It simply involves sitting still and observing the inner workings of your mind, often while guided by a teacher. It starts simple, being mindful of your breath and advancing to help you become aware of your thoughts and feelings so that you can learn to respond with awareness, rather than react impulsively.
Research has shown that people who practice mindfulness regularly* experience the following benefits:
- Increased attention and decreased hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Increased executive function (working memory, planning, and organization)
- Fewer conduct and anger management problems
- Increased emotional regulation and self-calming
- Increased social skills and social compliance
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Overall less emotional distress
- More positive states of mind
- Better quality of life
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased sense of calmness, relaxation and quality of sleep
- Increased self-acceptance
We offer Mindfulness classes throughout the year for children, teens, adults, families and businesses. See the Courses and Groups tab for more information about the classes that are enrolling now.