Mindfulness

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Wellness is cultivated through a practice referred to as mindfulness. Mindfulness is often described as “paying attention to the present moment without judgments.”  Our most stressful thoughts revolve around worries about the past or the future. The difficulty with this is you have no ability to change the past or future; you can only act in the present moment.

Things that are important in mindfulness include:

• Observing the present situation using all of your senses. Choose to focus your attention in the present moment, including the sights, tastes, smells, textures, and sounds around you.
• Participating fully in your current activity without getting pulled back into worrying. Notice where your mind goes, then pull it back to what you are doing at the moment. 

• As you notice your internal experiences, make sure you are not judging them as positive or negative. Even though you have a thought, it does not mean that it is necessarily true.

Don't be discouraged if your attempts at mindfulness aren't perfect right away. Making real changes to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors takes time and doesn’t happen only when you are responding to problems. In order to cultivate a sense of wellness, one must begin a more consistent practice.

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