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July 2015

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Three Quotes That Inspire Mindful Attention

Written by Jude Johnson, MA, LMFT According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, “the practice of mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”  While this definition is accurate and from a well-respected authority on mindfulness, these words don’t fully capture the experience of mindfulness. Mindfulness teachers talk about paying attention with attitudes that are non-judgmental, curious and friendly, yet somehow, these descriptions rarely illuminate the true sense of being mindful.  Music and poetry are often able to convey concepts to our hearts and minds that go beyond an intellectual level.  There are several quotes below by Jon Kabat-Zinn that get to the heart of mindfulness and I hope that these quotes inspire you to learn more about the benefits of a mindfulness practice.  If you...


A Step By Step Guide To Mindful Living

  The 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and since that time, thousands of people have participated in MBSR courses offered around the world, including leading medical centers such as Duke, Stanford and Harvard.  MBSR is a step by step guide to mindful living that teaches you how to gain a greater sense of balance and resilience. Over the past three decades, extensive research has shown the effectiveness of MBSR. Research shows that most people who complete this type of course find: An increased ability to relax Greater energy and enthusiasm for life Powerful resources for coping with stress and uncertainty Enhanced stability in the midst of difficult situations Increased clarity and creative thinking Reductions in pain...