The peace within mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being in the present moment and having complete awareness of one’s thoughts and actions. It is usually connected to the breath, as focusing on such a natural function can slow us down in our rapidly paced life. Mindfulness can be practiced at anytime and any place you find yourself free from distraction. Focus on what’s presently happening. When you step outside in the morning stop and recognize the temperature of the air on your skin, the sun on your shoulders, the fabric contacting your skin, or anything that’s happening at that very moment. When combined with the awareness of your breathing you can achieve a more relaxed state, creating a calming feeling. At first you may only be able to focus for a few seconds. With practice your can build up to several minutes.

How to start a daily mindfulness practice with Vanessa Loder

Additional information on mindfulness and be found at the Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh.

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