Mindfulness in South Tampa
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation practice. The secular practice of mindfulness developed due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Mindfulness is simply noticing your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in the present moment, without judgment. We often are lost in thought, either rehashing the past or daydreaming about the future and we aren't paying attention to what is happening right in front of us. How many times have you been driving, only to realize you aren't sure how you got there. Where were you?
Why use mindfulness?
There are numerous research studies reporting the benefits of practicing mindfulness including reducing stress, reducing depression and anxiety, boosting memory function, strengthening the immune system, and increasing a sense of well-being and happiness.
How do I practice mindfulness?
There are both formal and informal mindfulness practices. Formal practices include:
- Sitting meditation (see link below to My Guided Mindfulness Meditations)
- Body scan practice (see link below in Mindfulness Resources for an example)
- Walking mindfulness practice
- Yoga (check your gym or search for a yoga studio near you)
How is mindfulness used in therapy?
I teach mindfulness practices to all of my clients because I have seen and experienced the benefits. Learn more about me or call now to learn how mindfulness can help you.
My Guided Mindfulness Meditations
Guided mindfulness meditation - counting (8 min)
Guided mindfulness body scan (21 min)
More coming soon!
- Self-Guided Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Self-guided course on learning mindfulness
- Body Scan Practice by Jon Kabat-Zinn (20 min)
- Wherever You Go, There You Are - Book on mindfulnesss
- The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation - Book on mindfulness
- Helpful Mindfulness Exercises - Some ideas on other informal mindfulness practices
- Instructions for walking meditation
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."