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“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated 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.” -Sylvia Boorstein

Within the world of psychology, the eastern thought of mindfulness has been gaining much popularity with swift momentum; it is clear why.  Mindfulness has shown itself as a powerful tool in combatting depression, stress, and anxiety.  One of the key components in mindfulness is accepting without judging.  This idea is difficult for many as it is an easy and thoughtless reaction to immediately pass judgement on an experience or an emotion.  Mindfulness encourages reconciliation and grounding.

One does not have to be a monk to practice a mindfulness meditation.  Simply sit comfortably, take deep breaths, and focus on the air being cycled to and from your body. Feel on each of your senses the area in which you are.  Simply sit with it: be in the moment, be with your surroundings, and be with yourself without trying to increase or decrease any emotion or sensation.  Exist without manipulation – just be mindful.

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