Friday, May 12, 2017

The Everyday Practice of Mindfulness

Dr. Sandra Schiff provides personalized life and career coaching to individuals and families. In a recent blog post, Dr. Sandra Schiff focused on the importance of mindfulness, which she characterizes as being employed in describing a variety of concepts and practices. 

Mindfulness can involve making a conscious effort to be in the present, taking deep breaths, or meditating. While many think of meditation as clearing the mind, there is more to it than that.

Another aspect of mindfulness centers on changing the emotional relationships one has with thoughts and accentuating the productive and positive. This may involve sifting through a myriad of competing thought patterns and settling on those that are most beneficial or productive in defining life goals. 

Mindfulness may take the form of an hour of quiet each day or involve taking time at intervals to focus inwardly throughout the day. It may also involve closing the eyes and concentrating on breathing or keeping the eyes open and focusing on a flower or stationary object in the distance. Whatever the process, undertaken regularly and with specific intention, mindfulness has been shown to have a significant positive effect on those who practice it.

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