What is mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you (in your body, heart, and mind) in the present moment. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.”
(Chozen Bays, 2011).

Have you had moments when your mind goes wild? When the chatter in your mind will not stop?


— How can I learn and study if I cannot even focus?

— How am I going to pass the exam when my mind is going wild?

Sometimes we are mindful and sometimes we are not. When we are not present, it makes us feel vaguely but persistently dissatisfied. But there are peak moments when we are completely awake when everything becomes vivid and clear. In these moments the gap between us and everything else closes and we feel satisfied and fulfilled. We are present. Mindfulness unifies the body, heart, and mind.

Mindfulness is a potent tool for training the mind and allows us to access and use our true potential for learning, insight, kindness, and creativity. Taming the mind has many benefits for our health and well-being. Mindfulness supports the cognitive, emotional, physical, and relational aspects of learning. It allows us to become aware of the mind’s habitual and conditioned patterns that sometimes make us react (e.g., get angry or frustrated), indifferent or numb rather than respond with kindness and openness.

The paradox of our modern time is that mindfulness is inherently simple and human and available anytime and anyplace, yet many of us have forgotten about it. This project aims to reconnect us to ancient truths, breath-by-breath taming the anxious mind.

“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment,
and non-judgmentally.”
(Siegel, 2010; Kabat-Zinn, 1994).

What exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a hot topic in Western psychology and has been recognized as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and enhance emotional intelligence. Rooted in Eastern wisdom traditions it has found its way into mainstream America and has been embraced by multi-corporate institutions, athletics, authentic leadership, and education at all levels.

Mindful meditation deliberately focuses one’s attention on present experiences, such as thoughts, images, emotions, bodily sensations, on a moment-to-moment basis without judging them. It causes us to experience things in a more profound way. In essence, the ordinary can become non-ordinary—like a math equation been experienced as sacred by a social science major or an abstract emotional painting been experienced with awe by a STEM student. Research by the HeartMath Institute, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and many others have reported multiple benefits from mindfulness practices. For example, (i) becoming more creative, (ii) achieving balance and resilience at work and home, (iii) increasing productivity, (iv) reducing burn-out and stress, (v) recognizing, slowing down or stopping automatic and habitual reactions, (vi) reduce anxiety, and many more.

Why choose Mindfulness?

In the modern, fast-paced world mindfulness has become a latent human quality. Disconnected right- and left brains, stress, learning anxiety, and tunnel vision are common in student communities. Mindfulness practices can help to counteract them through suspending, focusing, breath by breath, connecting to the present moment, and aligning mind, body, and spirit. Contemporary life is digital, is fast-paced and busy. We are too often busy doing and forget being present. When our nervous system is on high alert, or when we are flushed with self-critical thoughts, then our working memories function poorly, our creative juices do not flow, and our collaborative capacities are stymied (Rechtschaffen, 2014). Anxiety and stress let us freeze, flee, or fight. In disembodied states, we are disconnected from our body, mind, and spirit which leads to dissatisfaction, experiences of meaninglessness or depression, numbness, and unfulfilled life.

Mindfulness is a hot topic in Western psychology and has been recognized as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and enhance emotional intelligence. Rooted in Eastern wisdom traditions it has found its way into mainstream America and has been embraced by multi-corporate institutions, athletics, authentic leadership, and education at all levels. Mindfulness deliberately focuses one’s attention on present experiences, such as thoughts, images, emotions, bodily sensations, on a moment-to-moment basis without judging them. It causes us to experience things in a more profound way. In essence, the ordinary can become non-ordinary—like a math equation been experienced as sacred by a social science major or an abstract emotional painting been experienced with awe by a STEM student.