About Mindfulness

Mindfulness has made its way into classrooms, board rooms, and family rooms with good reason. Science tells us that there are proven benefits to our brains and overall wellbeing.

Did you know that when incorporated into the classroom it decreases negative affect and increases meta-cognition in children? Or that mindfulness is reducing symptoms of PTSD in our veterans, recidivism in our jails, and stress among our colleagues at work?

By simply being present and devoting purposeful attention towards our thoughts and feelings, we can completely change the way we respond to stress, bolster our mental health, and drastically improve the way we engage in everyday tasks.

Here are a few articles that provide additional details:

The New York Times profiled students and teachers in the city, as well as Westchester County, along with programs in Louisville, KY, and the U.K. all learning strategies for focusing and coping with stress.

Harvard published a story about soft skills entitled, “There’s Nothing Soft About These Skills” and the value they bring to both students and educators as “foundational” and “building blocks of success.”

Study finds: “The presence of effective coping and emotion regulation skills in early life protects psychological well-being and promotes resilience across the life span”

Harvard Business Review reports on Google, Target, and General Mills’ incorporation of mindfulness practices into their workplace culture:

“As a leadership strategy, mindfulness helps people to be more effective by directing focus to the most pertinent task at hand. Deprogramming multitasking tendencies and intentionally focusing with full attention results in higher quality interactions and decisions. Mindful decision makers take the time to consider all of their options, and therefore make more-informed decisions. Managers who model and promote mindful practices with their teams create an environment of engagement.”

Huffington Post: Roughly 1 in 4 people will be affected by some form of mental illness at some point in their lives. “Research has shown mindfulness and meditation-based programs to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

The New York Times reports on increasing burnout in physicians and health care workers, and how early studies show that mindfulness can help increase focus, listening, empathy, and reduce emotional exhaustion.