What is Mindfulness? Simply put, Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening in your body and in your mind, just as it is happening, without being swept away by it or spinning off into excessive thinking.
Rather than the tendency to live on automatic pilot, where it feels like your body is in one place and your mind racing in another, Mindfulness offers a way to be fully present in the moment. Instead of allowing our thoughts run away with us and our emotions to take over, Mindfulness offers us a gentle and practical way to rebalance, to accept and be more at ease with whatever is going on. Over time it becomes infinitely easier to reduce stress, to self-calm and to make wise life choices. Link: Centre for Mindfulness.
The Science of Mindfulness Imagine, with a little daily discipline, we can positively change the structure of our brain. Science has shown that after eight weeks of Mindful Meditation, grey matter, in areas of the brain associated with stress, fight and flight, reduces and that grey matter in areas of the brain associated with calm, ease, focus, well-being, and decision making is increased. Isn't it pretty amazing that we have it within us to change the structure of our own brain, empower ourselves to better health and live a little more lightly?