Mindfulness & Mediation
Mindfulness, which could be described simply as awareness, is a technique that can be learned and used when dealing with emotional, mental, behavioral, and relational issues.
Mindfulness has been shown to help with a variety of issues including, but not limited to:
- couples’ conflicts
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- substance abuse
- eating disorders*
Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment and being aware of your full experience in this moment. Mindfulness also embodies purposeful, nonjudgmental attention to thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations.
While the roots of mindfulness come from Buddhism, but there is nothing inherently religious or spiritual about mindfulness. Regular meditation can help to increase one's ability to be mindful. One can be mindful during most activities, which is akin to doing an active meditation.
For more information and research on mindfulness: