Why You Should Try Mindfulness

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco, CA

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has changed our lives. In addition, the social injustice, racism, discrimination, and mass shootings impacted our lives in significant ways. While we may be affected by these events in various ways, it can be helpful to stay in the present moment, to learn how to tolerate distress, and to learn how to be aware of what is happening in the moment. In other words, it’s helpful to tap into mindfulness.

But what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the ability to stay in the present moment – to be fully aware of what you are doing, when you are doing it, without any judgment or self-criticism. There are several opportunities to practice mindfulness: during prayer, yoga, contemplation, journaling, communicating with others, making decisions, driving to work, talking with a loved one, and meditation. Chances are, you already practice mindfulness each day without realizing it! However, there is also the possibility that due to stress and an overwhelming schedule, you may not be engaging in a mindful lifestyle.

There are several benefits to practicing mindfulness and we may experience these benefits in various ways. Some possible benefits include (but are not limited to): 

becoming more aware of the present moment

learning how to cope with life stressors

increasing awareness of thoughts and emotions, and

regulating emotional responses

Mindfulness can be a way of life that you can create for yourself. While mindfulness does not make stressors go away, mindful practices can help you to cope with and manage the effects of those stressors in a healthier way to improve your wellbeing and quality of life.

Consider including mindfulness on your journey through life. Notice what changes and what becomes easier. Notice how you feel and how you move through life.

~ Karisse

**Here are some of my favorite mindfulness and meditation resources

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