Discovering Mindfulness As A Tool For Your Well-Being
No matter how many tools, discussions or strategies we consider as options for better health, their effectiveness depends entirely on one approach: paying attention. We cannot shift our diets without keenly observing what we eat. We cannot jog efficiently every morning when we would rather be swimming, or work with a practitioner without sensing an instinctive rapport.
Being aware, or mindful, of our decisions in all areas of health and lifestyle is crucial to shifting our bodies, minds and hearts into wellness.
Mindfulness has gone mainstream
The notion of mindfulness, has until quite recently been understood strictly as a spiritual concept. Rooted in Buddhist philosophy as a way of maintaining calm awareness in daily life, mindfulness is now mainstream and deeply positioned into contemporary culture.
Psychology Today defines it as “a state of active, open attention on the present,” where we observe our thoughts and feelings from a distance. In Silicon Valley, the mindfulness movement has gone geek, packing seminar rooms for live programs like “Wisdom 2.0” and selling out every session of the online series “Search Inside Yourself” in 30 minutes or less.
Beyond the tech heads and Millennials, mindfulness training is also being tested by the Marines to help soldiers relax. Many large corporations including Target, Aetna, Nike and General Mills are presenting programs on stillness and stress relief. The Huffington Post has initiated a mindfulness conference, added a page to feature articles on balance and calm, and created a phone app with a built-in heart sensor to track stress levels.
All of these ventures speak to mindfulness as a tool. We can literally bring it to the table as we decide what to eat for lunch, or apply it to a myriad of other ways we create and practice wellness. Our reactions and judgments of events in our lives—of other people and ourselves impact our physical bodies, our self love and self esteem.
M4W is committed to maintaining a curriculum and environment that nurtures balance on all levels: nutrition, physical activity, emotional health and relationships of all kinds – with ourselves, our families, our work and our play.
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