Mindfulness is a state of consciousness
Mindfulness is a state of equanimity in which your judgements and preferences fade and spontaneous wellbeing emerges. This state of conscious awareness reduces stress and allows you to face the complexities of life in a more centered and resourceful way.
Mindfulness also refers to the practices that cultivate this state of awareness. The most well-known practice is meditation, which evolved from the eastern spiritual traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Jon Kabat-Zinn played an instrumental role in helping mindfulness spread in the west, thanks to his research that helped provide evidence for the benefits of mindfulness practice.
Benefits of regular Mindfulness Practice:
Reduction of stress and the health risks associated with stress
A more focused, less distracted attention, which results in more effectiveness
A more centered and open presence
Increased skillfulness to handle difficult situations, such as conflict and intense emotional circumstances
Alex is a coach and teacher of Mindfulness. He has over 12 years of meditation experience, is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by University of California, San Diego and was the director of the Centre for Mindfulness at Universidad del Rosario. Alex is a senior student of teacher Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi in the Soto Zen lineage.