Ready to change your life?Start Now! Contact Us

Awareness of Breath Exercise

June 7, 2017

By Linda Smith, PA, MS

Description of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention to the present moment on purpose with an attitude of kindness and non-judgmental awareness.  As we pay attention in this way, we increase our ability to notice all that is happening within us and around us.  The very practice of noticing, gives us the opportunity to choose our response rather than to automatically, and often unconsciously react.

Impact and Support

Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness has beneficial effects on physical and mental health, on health behavior choices such as substance use, eating and sleeping as well as on healthy, adaptive responses to difficult emotions and stressful life situations.

Practice Considerations

Mindfulness can be practiced both formally and informally by increasing our attention to everyday activities. In formal practices, one sets aside a designated consistent time each day for mindfulness practice. An example would be setting aside 10 minutes at the start of each day for practice. Informal practices are those where one chooses to engage in the practice during routine tasks and experiences of the day.

Click on the following link to download a transcript of this recording: Awareness of Breath Transcript.

SUGGESTED POSTS

Changing From Within: Learn to Break the Cycle of Unhealthy Eating Habits

By Jocelyn Weiss, PhD, MPH and Meg van Staveren, MPH, RD It’s easy on occasion to eat too much, eat too quickly, eat for comfort, or choose junk food. But for increasing numbers of people, this behavior is the norm, not the exception. Every year millions of Americans vow to lose ...

READ MORE

5 Keys to Building Stress Hardiness and Resilience

By Linda Smith, PA, MS Chronic stress underlies more than 50% of physician visits and is a factor in most, if not all, chronic diseases. It’s a part of our everyday lives. So, what can we do about it? In this short video, we will discuss the ...

READ MORE

Remodeling Your Life, the Not So Big Way

By Sarah Susanka, FAIA  Ten years ago I came out of the spiritual closet.  For all of my adult life, my actions in my everyday world have been informed by a deep interest in what life is here to teach me.  But until 2007, when The Not So ...

READ MORE
BACK TO POSTS