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Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, defines mindfulness as the awareness that arises through intentionally paying attention in the present moment without judgment.  When you are mindful, you are fully aware of your current experience. As one might expect, we can get stuck on the “nonjudgment” part of the mindfulness definition. As human beings, we often judge our experiences as “good or bad, right or wrong”.   With practice, our appreciation and acceptance of the present moment, whatever it holds, increases. People often think that mindfulness means meditating. Meditation is a way to practice mindfulness, but we can use our mindfulness skills in every aspect of our lives: eating, walking, exercising, communicating, studying, etc. 

An easy way to bring your awareness back to the present moment is to engage your senses. Become aware of what you are seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and sensing in this moment. When the mind distracts you (which it will), simply return to your senses. 

Another useful tool is to remember the ABC of Mindfulness: A is for Awareness- Become more aware of how you are feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally in the moment. B is for "just being" with your experience. Avoid the tendency to automatically respond or find reasons for thinking or feeling. C is for seeing things as they truly are and responding more wisely.

Below is a list of resources to start you on your mindfulness and meditation journey. Like other self-awareness practices, such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation are practices that are very personal and unique to you. All that is required is a dedication to your daily practice. 






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