What IS Mindfulness?

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In mindfulness trainer Jim Walsh’s words, “…mindfulness is really something quite simple: paying attention in the present moment without judging.” Far too often we spend our time occupied with the future or the past, not fully appreciating the present moment.

Mindfulness is a way to tap into what we’re currently experiencing and feeling.

ANXIETY, ADDICTION, & SUICIDE

Did you know that 22 veterans commit suicide every day? Some other painful truths:

      • 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders
      • 21.5 million suffer from drug and alcohol addiction
      • 5.4 million of our youth experience high anxiety and 1.18 million have attempted suicide

In addition to the tragedy and emotional toll, there’s also a fiscal cost to society. Anxiety disorders are estimated to cost society $210 billion per year and addiction $442 billion.

A MINDFUL SOLUTION

Imagine a world where everyone practiced mindfulness. Imagine the 40 Million Americans who suffer from anxiety disorder experiencing relief or even freedom from their symptoms through mindful practices. Imagine veterans, youth, and addicts using mindful practices to reduce their suffering and manage negative/harmful practices.

Imagine yourself experiencing relief from stress, increased brain function, and improved overall health from incorporating mindfulness into easy things you do every day. It sounds too good to be true, but there’s a significant body of research that supports just those results from simple mindfulness practices.

THE SCIENCE

To use just one example, The McKinsey & Company report on mindfulness concluded that there was “strong evidence of concrete benefits.” They listed everything from reduced angry, depression, anxiety, and stress to improved attention and cognitive capability.

Medical

Some example of the medical benefits of mindfulness include:

  • 25% reduction in plasma cortisol levels
  • 42% decrease in insomnia
  • Decreased high blood pressure on par with first-line anti-hypertension
  • 47% reduced risk of cardiovascular-related mortality

Education

Some example of the educational benefits of mindfulness include:

  • 21% increase in high school graduation rate
  • 10% improvement in test scores and GPA
  • Reduced symptoms for ADHD and other learning disorders
  • 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety and depression

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE

Don’t just take our word for it! Watch a few local Delawareans discuss their experience with mindfulness and the positive ways it has impacted their lives.

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