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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges from paying attention with purpose, in the present moment, and accepting things as they are from a non-judgmental viewpoint.  It is about paying attention to those aspects of life that we may take for granted or ignore in the hustle/bustle that is daily living (especially for those of you who reside in the Big Apple!)

As an example of mindfulness, we might start paying closer attention to how we feel, what is on our brains and how we perceive or know things around us.

Mindfulness means paying attention to things as they actually exist in a given moment, however they may be, rather than how we *yearn* or *want* them to be.

Why does paying attention to things in this way help? Mindfulness is the exact opposite of the type of negative, automatic self-talk that allows depression or low moods to take hold and return.

In a post tomorrow I will delve into more specifics about mindfulness, but for now, think of it as a means to help you get in touch with and be more at peace with your emotions. More to come…

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