Practicing Mindfulness

December 12, 2014 11:41 PM

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What are you thinking about? You've probably been asked this question before, but how often do you consciously think about your thoughts on your own? You may find the question irritating, nosy, or out-of-the-blue so much so that you tend to provide the autopilot response of "nothing." If you have feelings of anxiety, fear, stress, or sleeplessness, ask yourself again: What is it that you are thinking about? If you can't pin it down to just one thought in one moment, consider fine tuning your focus. This practice of thinking in the moment of your exact thoughts is called mindfulness and has been shown to help lower stress levels in daily life.

I was introduced to the University of Pennsylvania's mindfulness program through my company, who presents the opportunity to a few employees each semester with the goal of reducing stress. The program has taught over 10,000 participants to manage difficulty and stress, reduce depression and anxiety,...

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