What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a mental state of relaxed awareness of the present moment, marked by openness and curiosity toward your feelings rather than judgments of them.  Because mindfulness asks us to study the workings of our own mind, it leads to self-knowledge and mind clarity.  It helps us see the “big picture”:  what’s important and what’s not.

How can mindfulness help me?

We may think that we are aware of our thoughts and emotions, and this is true up to a point, but the issue is that we are seldom aware of our reactions in the moment that they arise, only after the fact when we are consumed by becoming the reaction.  Our awareness is not immediate and direct, but delayed, and the delaying factor is unawareness.  Mindfulness is first and foremost a deliberate effort to awaken to our reactions as soon as they arise.  In fact, you can learn to recognize the impulse to react that precedes the thought from itself.  Each moment in which we become mindful of our impulse to react creates a space, a brief interval in which there is freedom and choice.

The Top 10 Benefits of Mindfulness

  1. Improve focus, concentration, and precision.
  2. Enhance the quality of communications and relationships.
  3. Heighten the clarity of our thinking and intentions.
  4. Improve efficiency and safety.
  5. Deepen peace of mind and sense of flow.
  6. Master stress.
  7. Deepen insight and intuitive wisdom.
  8. Awaken more authenticity, heart, soul, and caring in our lives and work.
  9. Increase resilience to change.
  10. Strengthen faith and self-confidence.


Within recent years mindfulness and meditation have been the focus of considerable interest among researchers in many areas of study.  Western scientists have come to recognize the value of these ancient practices in promoting greater well-being in our hurried and anxious modern times.

These studies have revealed interesting findings which show the direct and practical results achieved by implementing simple practices in every day life.  Visit PsychCentral to discover the many ways that mindfulness and meditation can help you and your loved ones, then search for “The Science of Mindfulness Meditation.”

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