Mindful Awareness is that state of awareness we create whenever we engage in mindfulness. In turn, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally*. It is a skill that takes practice to cultivate and maintain, and it has shown to have amazing effects on emotional and physical well being. Mindfulness based therapies are taught as a way of stepping out of automatic, habitual ways of experiencing life, and instead allowing oneself to be fully in the present moment. This practice of relying on present experience allows us to sidestep ruminations of the past and worries of the future. We are able to perceive clearly how things really are, not rely on automatic knee jerk perceptions. As a result, we can cultivate calmness of mind, improve mental focus, and develop a different relationship to our experiences. A different relationship to experience and perception results in different emotions,decisions and actions leading to an increase in the overall quality of life. Mindfulness awareness also affects our physical being directly, improving immune system functioning and releasing tensions unconsciously held in the body.
The Center for Mindful Living Practices offers a variety of mindfulness based therapies. The Mindful Way to Emotional Balance is offered to help overcome the effects of stress and improve quality of life. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is available for recurrent depression, combining mindful awareness and cognitive therapy for a radical approach to dealing with unhappiness. General mindfulness is offered to increase subtle awareness of mental and emotional processes.