Mindfulness Guidance and Training
Mindfulness is described as a way of paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, and non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn). Through learning the principles and practices of mindfulness we can train our minds and bodies in this kind of awareness.
What Mindfulness Can Do
More than 35 years of research has shown that practicing mindfulness can result in positive changes in things like:
- Pain sensitivity
- Anxiety and depression
- Blood pressure
- Attention and focus
- Emotion regulation
- Immune function
- Sense of well-being
Who Practices Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being practiced in a wide variety of venues and by a broad range of people. Businesses such as Google and Proctor & Gamble have made mindfulness part of their corporate cultures, and athletes, both professional and Olympic, are using it to improve performance. School systems and colleges are instituting mindfulness programming to help students feel better, improve behavior and achieve better results academically.
Positive Feedback for Mindfulness
Participants in Mindfulness classes have found the program to be highly beneficial. A few of the positive comments from the program include:
- “I wish everyone could take this course – there would be more happiness and less stress in our world. Life is short and enjoying each moment feels very good.”
- “Very interesting. I’ve walked away with a unique new set of skills that I can incorporate into various parts of my life.”
- “The program offers a perspective for people who have practiced before and those who have not. Also a balance between the science and the mind and overall health I think was delightful and helpful.”
References for Mindfulness
- In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds
- The Effect of Mindfulness – Based Therapy on Anxiety and Depression
- What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?
- Mindfulness Research Updates
- Future of Work: Mindfulness as a Leadership Practice
- The Mindfulness Business
- Brain Study Shows Why Mindfulness Eases Pain
How to Learn Mindfulness
UH Connor Integrative Health Network offers mindfulness classes that are open to the public, as well as hospital employees. We provide individual coaching, as well as programming tailored to meet the needs of organizations, businesses and schools.