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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing.

Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them - without believing, for instance, that there`s a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in a given moment.

Mindfulness has it`s roots in Buddhist meditation. Jon kabat-Zinn was the man who took a scientific lens on Buddhist mindfulness and studied it at the Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass Medical Scool (Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, UK).

Breathing exercises, visualization techniques and mantra meditations will help quiet the mind.

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.

The result from using Mindfulness, in either a scientific or religious form, is calmness. Both forms help you deal with emotional aspects, restless thoughts, and it makes you a more aware and compassionate person in return. Buddhist mindfulness practice, however, also promises you with more wisdom.


Many peaople enjoy listening to soothing music while relaxing. Restorative yoga is recommended to practice in a quiet space. Outer stillness is just beginning. Then we discover that nothing is still. There is the mind, jumping from thought to thought, from past to future, resisting stillness.


As with meditation practice, it takes time to train the mind to find some quiet. You can equate the process to training a puppy. You tell it to sit and stay; it gets up two seconds later. You take the puppy back to where it started and try again. This time it may stay a little longer, until eventually it stays until you tell it to move. In restorative yoga we build up to being able to stay longer. This is a kind of stamina that every one of us could use.