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In the Pali language the word Sati (mindfulness) means awareness.

Mindfulness includes:

  • Paying attention,
  • On purpose,
  • In the present moment, and
  • Without judgment (with acceptance).

Mindfulness has been around for a long time, approximately 2,500 years. It initially started with Theravada Buddhism. Many religions, meditative disciplines, and psychological treatments use the concept of staying in the present moment.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., first brought mindfulness to the USA. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT, where he became interested in the Buddhist mindfulness tradition. In 1979, Kabat-Zinn opened the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. There, he adapted Buddhist teachings and created a program called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,” or MBSR. From 2012 to 2017, the number of people practicing mindfulness has tripled. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that meditation was the fastest-growing health trend in the United States.

Aspects of Mindfulness practice include:

  • Being fully present: bring the mind back to the present moment
  • Seeing what you are experiencing with clarity
  • Letting go of judgment, just accepting
  • Being balanced and stable even in a difficult situation
  • Exclusiveness by allowing everything to belong
  • Have a beginner’s mind and have curiosity
  • Be patient; the growth takes time
  • Be kind to yourself and give yourself credit for your practice.

The current research indicates that mindfulness can improve psychological functioning at work and ease depression. Mindfulness helps to cope with difficult emotions, the process of change, accept pain, increase self-awareness, and responsibility.

Recent evidence shows that Mindfulness can help patients with various health conditions. For example, it promotes feeling of relaxation in COPD patients, improves asthma-related quality of life, and effectively decreases the incidence of major depression. Mindfulness reduces the clinical severity of patients with fibromyalgia, improves the frequency and severity of vasomotor and psychological symptoms of menopause, and reduces depressive, anxiety, and stress symptoms. Some studies indicate that Mindfulness can lower blood pressure and reduce HbA1c. Adjusted Mindfulness interventions appears beneficial to people with Multiple Sclerosis. Mindfulness is a protective factor against pain catastrophizing, psychological distress, and depressive symptoms for people with chronic pain. Finally, Mindfulness positively impacts academic performance.

We offer mindfulness interventions in out office as complimentary part of the regular visit or as a separate consultation! Please ask us about mindfulness!