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Answers to our most frequently asked questions.

What is Mindfulness?

A state of paying attention in a purposeful way, without judgement, in the present moment.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

A form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. It can develop the ability to pay attention to immediate experience for greater clarity in the present moment.

What is the difference between Wellbeing/Wellness?

The Global Wellness Institute is seeing that the word wellness is more associated with health and prevention, and wellbeing is becoming more associated with happiness.

What does it mean to have a Life in Balance?

Balance is more than just being steady. It is more about creating equilibrium in our lives, whether that is in our work/life balance or in the balance of mind, body, and spirit.

What is the definition of mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindfulness shows us what is happening in our bodies, our emotions, our minds, and in the world. Through mindfulness, we avoid harming ourselves and others.”

Daniel J. Siegel

“Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences. With mindful awareness the flow of energy and information that is our mind enters our conscious attention and we can both appreciate its contents and come to regulate its flow in a new way.

Mindful awareness, as we will see, actually involves more than just simply being aware: It involves being aware of aspects of the mind itself. Instead of being on automatic and mindless, mindfulness helps us awaken, and by reflecting on the mind we are enabled to make choices and thus change becomes possible.”

Sharon Salzberg

“Mindfulness isn’t just about knowing that you’re hearing something, seeing something, or even observing that you’re having a particular feeling. It’s about doing so in a certain way – with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight.”

Sylvia Boorstein

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”