Mindfulness is the awareness of the present moment while paying attention to our mind and body without any judgement. It can also be considered a form of wakeful, meditative state and a secular practice. It is believed to have originated somewhere around 500 BC, though the method in which it originated (Buddhism, Hinduism ..) is debated. When achieved, it is a state of being which is like any other state such as happiness, it needs constant recognition, awareness and commitment to remain in this state. This is because with every experience we have, there is an equal emotion tied to the experience. The experience is not as important as how we feel about the experience. Our emotions create our experience and this practice allows you to work from the inside to achieve what is desired on the outside. It also brings awareness that nothing is intrinsically right or wrong, other than the meaning we give it. When we remove judgment from ourselves first, we can honestly evaluate each experience and emotion within us.
The original MBSR program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) was created in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat- Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Today, according to a work by Dr. David Black (Director of the American Mindfulness Research Association and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California), 79% of medical schools offer some element of mindfulness training.
Our Mindfulness Program includes personalized coaching on mind-body awareness through awareness exercises, focusing, breathe work, walking medication, moving meditation eg. Yoga, guided meditation and guided imagery. It is focused on the mind-body connection and attaining mindful awareness. Programs are held in Orange County, California and run between 6-8 weeks for 2-3 hours per week with a personal coach.