So, What is Mindfulness?
The awareness that emerges through paying attention on
purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the
unfolding of experience moment by moment.
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness means a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. The secular practice of mindfulness has become mainstream in recent years, partly due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model.
Mindfulness for Youth
Mindfulness has proven to be a highly useful strategy for children, youth, and parents to maintain mental health and to safegaurd wellbeing. Recent years have witnessed an explosion of interest in secular mindfulness strategies (including meditation, attention training, yoga, and other techniques) as methods to support wellness. Click the links above to explore the mindfulness resources.
Also, the video below gives a great introduction to mindfulness for youth.