You are not the clouds, not the weather, not the storms or the rain,
You are the witness, the watcher, the container for it all.
You are spacious, and no matter what,
At peace, at ease, vast, and free.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
"Mindful awareness is paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is."
— Diana Winston
Director of Mindful Education at the UCLA Mindful awareness Research center (MARC)
Formal mindfulness is meditating, and committing to practice for a certain amount of time.
This can be done seated in a chair or on a cushion, as well as standing or walking or lying down.
Try practicing formal meditation HERE.
Informal mindfulness is when we, at any point in our day, become truly present and allow ourselves to be a witness to our thoughts, bodily sensations, and surroundings.
This degree of mindfulness is cultivated by consistent formal meditation practice. Informal mindfulness can be practiced while you're brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, gardening, conversing, or exercising.
What are some of the benefits of mindfulness?
1. Reduces stress (and our ability to manage future stress)
2. Improves physical health
Managing chronic pain
Encouraging healthy eating habits
Improving sleep quality
Heightening immune function