Live mindfully. Live well.
Everyday Mindful is about applying the practice of mindfulness, or awareness of the present moment, to everyday life. Applying mindfulness to everyday life can bring you a sense of internal peace regardless of the challenging circumstances that life brings.
Jen Johnson, MS, LPC, CRC, psychotherapist and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, offers mind-body counseling and mindfulness training for people who want to live with greater peace, happiness, and well-being. She enjoys working with people who are dealing with stress, grief/loss, transition, chronic illness, ADHD, anxiety, depression, loss and accident related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, career decisions, and food/weight issues.
Jen is available for individual sessions by phone/Skype or in her office in Wilmington, NC.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without judgment. Living mindfully allows you to stay in the present without getting lost in worry about the future or regret about the past. When you’re aware of the present moment, you have the power to respond rather than react and can cope more effectively with difficult thoughts or feelings.
Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to relate more skillfully with difficult bodily sensations, feelings, and thoughts without becoming overwhelmed by them. Once you learn the skills to cope, you become free to stop turning away from your experience and have the energy to embrace your true nature and live your full potential.
When we pause from the busyness, when we stop, it actually gives us a chance
to come home to our hearts again. — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
When you quiet your mind and turn toward your present moment experience, you can begin to shed the layers of protectiveness that you’ve developed from past hurts and begin to open your heart. Pausing to be in the present moment allows you to develop a sense of embodied presence in which you inhabit your body and open your heart to whatever arises. In coming home to your body, you feel a greater sense of connection and belonging, and you become capable of cultivating loving-kindness and compassion toward yourself and others. This facilitates a deepening sense of peace, ease, and well-being.
Mindfulness is basically just a particular way of paying attention.
It is a way of looking deeply into oneself in the spirit of self-inquiry
and self-understanding. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
As you develop loving-kindness and compassion, you begin to understand that we are all interconnected and that your well-being depends upon the well-being of the natural world, and the natural world”s well-being depends upon your well-being. As you grow in your understanding of this interrelated ecology of all living things, you grow more committed to nurturing wellness in yourself, others, and the natural world.
Do you pay regular visits to yourself? -Rumi
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