Everyday Mindfulness: "Even though we know the benefits and can see the relevance in our life, it can still be difficult to maintain a mindfulness practice..."
Mindfulness Practice: "Recently, several leading neuroscientists proposed a model for how mindfulness meditation works..."
In the following lessons, we will review how to incorporate mindfulness into a regular practice for our youth and mentors. You can incorporate these lessons to develop your own mindfulness practice which can help build authentic relationships in all areas of your life.
Building Your Mindfulness Practice...
The development of mindful awareness can be an important step in counteracting burnout, practicing self-care and cultivating inner resilience. Mindfulness programs for youth who have experienced disproportionate amounts of poverty, oppression, drug abuse, trauma, community violence, and involvement in the juvenile justice system have shown amazing results for helping increase psychological well-being and self-regulation while decreasing stress and unhealthy behaviors.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It is also a set of techniques and methods for systematically developing this awareness. The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of well-documented impacts, including a reduction in toxic stress, an increase in emotion regulation, and an improvement in sustained attention, focus and executive functioning.
Mindfulness and the Prefrontal Cortex: "Research shows that practicing mindfulness benefits the body and mind..."
The Genetics of Mindfulness: “Given that adolescence is a period of heightened brain plasticity, mindfulness might be especially useful in depression prevention and treatment..."
Emotions and Mindfulness: "Even difficult emotions can later open doors to greater understanding about ourselves..."
Development of the Heart: "Without stopping and paying attention, we miss a lot of life's little gifts and treasures..."
Distinguishing Emotions From Thoughts: "Thinking about something triggers an emotion in response to the thought..."