What Is Mindfulness Anyway?: A Closer Look At What Mindfulness Is (And Isn’t)

There is a quite a buzz around mindfulness these days, and rightfully so!

Studies have revealed a wide variety of benefits, including:

Less stress, anxiety, and depression

More emotional well-being

Better interpersonal relationships

An easier time maintaining healthy habits like diet and exercise

Sounds great, right? But what exactly is mindfulness?

As the name suggests, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to (i.e., being mindful of) anything in life we choose to focus on.

Glasses focusing on beautiful scenery

The operative word here is “choose.”

You can bring mindfulness to any experience or thought by choosing to take an internal step back to become an observer, instead of allowing yourself to get emotionally swept away.

The more you practice mindfulness, the more easily you can access it when you are in heightened moments of stress, anger, sadness, or other challenging emotions that might otherwise send you reeling. It may be hard to imagine a life being free from those all-too-familiar triggers, but it really is possible!

Going deeper with mindfulness and applying tools of self-compassion opens the doorway for true acceptance of yourself as you — just the way you are in any given moment. Beyond the calming benefits of being less reactive in life, this element of self-compassion brings with it a deep sense of relief and ease that permeates your whole being.

Mindfulness is a practice that you can add into your existing home life, career, spiritual or religious beliefs, personal and professional relationships, and any other aspect of your daily experience that could use more calm and clarity.

If you’re ready to respond rather than react, feel deeply without feeling out of control, and improve your overall health and well-being, mindfulness is well worth exploring.

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About the Author:

Julie Potiker
Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She was trained by Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and UCSD as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She went on to study with Rick Hanson, becoming a graduate of his Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course. Potiker also completed Brené Brown’s Living Brave Semester. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University.

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