How Mindfulness Works
Mindfulness-based practice is designed and structured to fit each person's unique life history and current needs.
Cultivating mindfulness allows for the intergration of mind, body, and emotion by nuturing the healing power of awareness,
transforming unhappiness, and reclaiming life.
Mindfulness allows us to concentrate on the present moment and to experience life as it unfolds; instead of being absorbed in the regrets of our past or worries
about our future. Very often our perceptions of reality are distorted by our past experiences, false beliefs and prejudices, and cultural or social biases. Mindfulness
promotes insight, calmness, and the ability to understand oneself and one's emotions. It mobilizes all of our inner strengths, and helps conquer physical and mental
problems. Practicing mindfulness means acquiring the so-called "beginner's mind," a fresh and non-judging attitude to the experiences life offers. In the words of
world-famous mindfulness practitioner, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn,
"Mindfulness Meditation can give you back a high degree of control in your life, beyond the automatic actions and reactions that so often drive our behavior.
It can free you from being stuck in fear or uncertainty and help you take life on as an adventure in growth and learning and feeling. . . Discover what it's like to see the
world you actually have, not the one you think you are missing, and to live the life that is yours to live in its fullness, moment by moment and day by day".
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