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Mindfulness Meditation: What is it?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Life throws so many things at us each day. Work, family, bills, if she really loves you, who's waiting on you to cook dinner, plus everything else can have your thoughts and mind spinning out of control.

How do you get your mind 'in check' so you can focus on the right things at the right time?

Mindfulness meditation is a practice to train you mentally to bring your thoughts into the present. With time and practice this technique, which uses breathing, mental imagery, physical awareness and relaxation, you get help quieting your thoughts to reduce stress and help you get focused.

"Mindfulness’ popularity has been bolstered by a growing body of research showing that it reduces stress and anxiety, improves attention and memory, and promotes self-regulation and empathy. A few years ago, a study by Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and assistant researcher in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, was the first to document that mindfulness meditation can change the brain’s gray matter and brain regions linked with memory, the sense of self, and regulation of emotions." Mineo, Liz, "With mindfulness, life's in the moment", The Havard Gazette, April 17, 2018

A coach or teacher can help you get started on your mindfulness meditation journey but the key is repetition. It's something you'll need to incorporate into your daily routine and you can do this anywhere! So go be mindful!

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