"We believe mindfulness inspires authenticity in action."
Today, we often hear about mindfulness or how being mindful can help with many things. But, what is mindfulness exactly? Mindfulness is simply explained as a particular way of paying attention, on purpose. When we practice being mindful, we bring awareness to our experience of what is happening right now. We aren't thinking about what is going to happen next or what took place a few minutes ago. Mindfulness creates a pause in our day, allowing the mind to take a rest from all the busy thoughts and "have-to-do" lists we create. Practicing mindfulness can bring a greater sense of calm, clarity, patience and understanding to our fast-paced, digital-focused environment.
Mindfulness is not something we do or somewhere we need to go. Mindfulness is simply just being with the present moment, listening to the sounds around us, taking in all that surrounds us and our state of being. Being mindful brings awareness to our senses, all types of thoughts and emotions... the good ones and even the not so good ones. When practicing mindfulness we simply notice what is happening in the moment without trying to react, manipulate, judge or control the experience.
One of the pioneers of secular mindfulness is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since introducing it in 1979, mindfulness has become mainstream within medicine, psychology, corporate environments and now education.
Being mindful takes practice ... and patience. When we take a pause in the present moment, our truest self is represented in thoughtful response instead of insensitive reaction. At UB.U, we believe mindfulness inspires authenticity in action.