In Our Own Personals: Mindfulness

This month, we will be focusing our content on Mindfulness. This is especially useful during the Holidays. During this time of year, we find often ourselves stuck in the hustle of holiday parties, shopping, end-of-the-year stress at work, with finances, or with loved ones. It can be difficult to stop and enjoy the moment.

Mindfulness is the quality of state of being conscious or aware or something. It’s a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Research has shown mindfulness and mediation-based programs to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some of these conditions are reinforced by a “rumination effect” whereby we are locked in the past. Mindfulness trains individuals to turn their attention to what is happening in the present moment. It even has implications to make you a better employee or leader.

We want to hear from YOU! Tell us about how you’ve used mindfulness, or a lack thereof, in your daily life. How has it helped you? What did you learn from the experience?

Write a response below. You can write in any format – stream of consciousness, an essay, a story, or just a few lines. We’ll organize the responses and share them throughout the month.

Thank you!
SiOV

Responses Here!

Additional Reading:
Mindfulness Works, But Only if you work at it
How Mindfulness is Revolutionizing Mental Health Care
Mindfulness
Mindfulness Practices May help Treat Many Mental Health Conditions
Benefits of Mindfulness

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