Mindfulness became known as a wellness tool during the 1980s, when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn started using it in his Stress Reduction Clinic, in Massachusetts, where he published his inspiring findings. Since then, thousands of experts worldwide have also found supporting evidence showing that practicing mindfulness reduces stress.
Mindfulness has been broadly defined as a way of paying attention to your present experience with a non-judgmental attitude.You may have heard about Mindfulness, and perhaps you’ve practiced it.
But did you know that Mindfulness is more than a modern stress management technique?
Today’s Mindfulness is rooted in an ancient spiritual teaching found in an early Buddhist text which offers specific instructions on how to establish ourselves wisely in the present moment. That teaching is called The Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, it is more than 2600 years old and it is attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. Thich Nhat Hanh published a wonderful book commenting it.
The Sutra is available online at: https://plumvillage.org/sutra/discourse-on-the-four-establishments-of-mindfulness/
The Sutra gives detailed instructions on how to practice Mindfulness by becoming aware of four human dimensions: body, sensations, emotional states, and mental perceptions.
The text begins by inviting us to sit down to breathe consciously. Then it gradually guides us into becoming deeply aware of our body, noticing our sensations, and recognizing how our changing thoughts, feelings, and attitudes affect us. Step by step, it helps us to learn how to identify and nourish those mental states and perceptions that lead to real joy and peace – to what the Buddha called Nirvana.
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FABIOLA GIRALDO, M.PSY
Certified in Mindfulness by The Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy
Hypnosis, Master NLP and Reiki Practitioner
Certified Life Coach