What Is Mindfulness: And Why Is It Good for You?

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing nonjudgmental attention to the present moment. And there are many simple ways for anyone to practice even in the midst of a busy day.

Emerging from the contemplative practices of Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is increasingly being employed in Western psychology and medicine to alleviate an array of health conditions. These present-moment practices connect us to ourselves, each other, and the world around us. And scientific research continues to prove that it's good for us too.

Breathing meditation and other mindfulness practices have been shown to sharpen focus and decision-making, increase workplace effectiveness, reduce pain, fight anxiety and depression, and improve sleep and overall well-being. Mindfulness even helps us to effectively change the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, and empathy. Through mindful parenting, and incorporating mindfulness practices in schools, mindfulness has been shown to help children reduce stress, improve focus, and even combat obesity and depression.

This year, join the thousands who will experience the benefits of mindfulness on Omega's Rhinebeck campus and learn how to extend mindful action into your corner of the world with one of these mindfulness programs.