Mindfulness is an ancient concept, but it is essentially the act of paying attention with flexibility, openness, and curiosity. The mind is a problem-solving machine – it is constantly on the lookout for something to think about. Unfortunately, when we get caught up in our thinking, we can miss out on enjoying and appreciating life. When we spend time in the past reliving old hurts or dwelling on things that may go wrong in the future, we miss out on life in the present.
I find mindfulness techniques helpful for clients who are struggling with stress and anxiety, or intense feelings like sadness or anger. By learning to be mindful, you can let go of thoughts, connect with the present moment, and in that space, you have room to react differently. Mindfulness is like developing a new muscle that will help support you as you move through your life.