Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment of the workings of the mind and unleash our natural curiosity about what is happening at the moment, allowing ourselves to be with each moment allowing ourselves to experience and observe what comes to our senses without judgment of "good" or "bad" but to simply observe.
The practice, over time, allows us to be more fully aware and clear and present with what comes up physically, mentally, and emotionally. Mindfulness practice also entrains us to become more mindful and calm throughout the day, equally during both pleasant and difficult situations.
Meditation can be defined in many ways but we suggest that this practice is undertaken as an exercise to cultivate stillness and stability, compassion, and greater awareness of the self.
Mindfulness and Meditation can be either in a fixed, seated, lying position, or can be accomplished as a form of movement. Silent and guided meditations are also both common techniques.
Meditation practice is derived from Yogic, Buddhist, and Chinese disciplines amongst many others.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who founded Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR)), has been instrumental in bringing the benefits of mindfulness practice to the masses absent the religious connotations of the traditional practice. Because of this, MBSR has taken purchase within the scientific and medical community resulting in over 20 years of evidence basis for it's effectiveness in reducing stress, regulating emotion, and promoting positive biological changes in blood pressure, stress hormone reduction, and cardiac function.
At Mind Body Spirit REIKI, we equally embrace diversity, flexibility, and appreciate a trauma-informed approach. We, therefore, strive to facilitate mindful practice in a way accessible way for all.