Mindfulness Jenna Plummer
What is Mindfulness? • With the increase in demands at work and at home, we lose site of the present moment. • Mindfulness is taking in the present external and internal moments, without judgment. • Mindfulness has gained recent popularity in American culture over the last decade.
Mindfulness improves: • Mental health • Well-being • Physical health • Focus • Relationships • Compassion • Anxiety and stress
Mindfulness Techniques • Always focus on breathing. • Notice internal moments: • Thoughts • Feelings • Notice external moments: • Sights • Sounds • Take in body sensations.
Skills to be developed by Kabat-Zinn • “Body Scan”: attention is directed along the body. • “Raisin Exercise”: focus all senses on a raisin. • “Walking mediation”: focus on every step taken. • “Loving-kindness meditation”: make a point to be compassionate to others.
Programs in Mindfulness • Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) • Megan Cowan’s Mindful School programs • Nancy Bardacke’s Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)