Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?  

Although there are countless definitions of mindfulness, we define Mindfulness as the following: Mindfulness is the conscious and non-judgemental awareness of the present moment

Mindfulness is NOT the absence of thoughts. It is not blocking thoughts, and sitting in silence. It is not trying to create a “blank” in your brain by sitting on a colorful cushion with your hands on your knees. Current scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness meditation may help reduce symptoms of stress, including anxiety and depression, and may help improve sleep.

Mindfulness teaches you to sink into experiences and engage with them while practicing non-judgementality of thoughts and acceptance in the present moment. In mindfulness, individuals tune in to a variety of mental and physical experiences so that you can lean to control your thoughts in a helpful way, rather than feeling controlled by them.

What can mindfulness help with?

Stress Management

Burnout

Depression and Mood Disorders

Anxiety and Anxiety Related Disorders

Emotion Regulation

Improvement in Relationships

Increase in physical awareness

Boost attention and concentration

How can mindfulness help me? 

Mindfulness can help you connect back to yourself; it can foster an inner sense of wellbeing that can be integrated into daily practice. Mindfulness is not a stand-alone treatment. It is an adjunct intervention that often “pairs up” with other modalities and integrated into treatment plans. This includes integration into cognitive behavioural therapy counselling sessions, which can help people separate themselves from negative thought patterns, physical sensations, and emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. Whether you are in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Vancouver, Kelowna, or rural Alberta or British Columbia, mindfulness can help you relieve symptoms of stress, burnout, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health concerns.   


Wherever you go, there you are..”

-John Kabat-Zinn

Maria