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Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society

Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer | 9:41


We're awake on one level, but on another level. Life is often passing us by. All too often we talk about in our common language. I missed it completely. I was just lost. I wasn't here for it. And sometimes that happens many times in the course of a day. Sometimes we look back and it's a decade later and we ask ourselves the question, where was I for my children growing up?

Where was I emotionally for my life with my wife or my husband or my children? So there's something very poignant about the present moment, since it's always. All of the stresses in our lives happen now. All the decisions that we have to make in our lives happen now, and yet often enough, we're living in the past or we're living in the future, that the past has gone.

The future hasn't arrived, but. Is right here. This is when we hear the sound of the birds. This is when we feel the care cares of our child's hand against our face. Mindfulness is a way of beginning to become more attentive to the moment, to the actual. Of being alive and maybe even more importantly, participating in that act of being alive.

Mindfulness is the whole way of living. It's a way of being engaged. Uh, deeply connective and, um, tapping into inner resource that's always available. Mindfulness is the awareness that rises when we pay attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally. Can mindfulness help me be more concentrated and focused?

Can mindfulness help me be, have more of a sense of mental st. In the sense of, can the mind be more stable, more present, more focused, more directed when we first wake up in the morning? It might be worth taking a few moments to stop while you're lying there in bed. Take a few breaths, feel the breath in the body.

Open the eyes. Notice the sounds around you or the light streaming into the room, or the quality of the darkness if it's still dark out. Just those few moments are a way of. Grounding ourselves on purpose in this present moment, we're all gonna be stressed. There's no doubt about it. Stress isn't a bad thing in and of itself.

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