Much of our stress and pain comes from being pulled away from the present moment. We are distracted with regrets about the past, worries about the future and judgments about the present. Mindfulness is all about encouraging awareness of oneself in the present moment, without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help to improve our social and emotional well-being, and contribute to the ability to manage difficult or stressful situations. Examples of mindfulness practices include body scans, guided breathing meditations and other simple exercises, which can help us to refocus on the present and calm our minds.
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness can be beneficial for anyone - adults, youth, or children. The beauty of mindfulness is that it is flexible and accessible. It can be practiced in many different ways, and can be done at almost any time. For those who have truly embraced mindfulness, it becomes more than just a part of a routine – it becomes a way of life.
Please note: Mindfulness can be beneficial for people who have trauma related disorders. However, practicing mindfulness exercises may cause some people to re-experience traumatic memories. Guidance by a skilled mindfulness instructor is recommended.
The video below provides an overview of mindfulness, and benefits from a youth perspective (note: this video is available in Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi , Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese).