We live in a very chaotic and hectic world – both at home and at work. We all seem to have masterminded multi-tasking to some degree. We are all glued to our mobile devices – checking our emails, our calendars, and our social media platforms. With all said and done, we are so engrossed in our lives that we often lose connection with the “now”.
So much has been written about mindfulness lately – The New York Times (How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body – The New York Times), The Huffington Post (Mindfulness Research), and The Harvard Business Review (The Busier You Are, the More You Need Mindfulness) and I can see why. We are focusing so much on what needs to be done, what has happened in the past, and what the future holds that we simply lose track on enjoying the ‘present’ moment.
Our practice supports a wonderful non-profit organization started by Vanessa Weiner called ResilientKids – now called Center for Resilience (www.resilientkids.org) which we blogged about a few months ago (ResilientKids™- Celebrating 5 Years of Building Resistance). ResilientKids builds focus, balance, and self-confidence through mindfulness at schools. This amazing organization is teaching future generations the importance of mindfulness and how it can be carried forward and used later on in life.
Because of the busy world we live in today, mindfulness has taken center stage in how we live our lives both at home – Ways to Bring Mindfulness Home – Mindful) and at work – Why Mindfulness Is Good for Your Brain and Business | Inc.com). With individuals and businesses using social media and the ability to receive the latest news at our fingertips, we often lose focus on living in the present moment. But, more importantly, accepting it without judgement. Studies have shown that the act of mindfulness has been found to be a key element in one’s own happiness.
Mindfulness also improves mental and physical health, as well as one’s well-being through meditation. Experts say that through mindfulness meditation, it helps relieve stress, improves sleep, lowers blood pressure, helps with depression and anxiety disorders. As you can see, we all can use more mindfulness in our daily lives…