What is it?
“Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment – without interpretation or judgment.” Mayo Clinic
"Mindfulness is about focusing attention on the present moment, and practicing mindfulness has been shown to rewire the brain so that attention is stronger in everyday life," says Kim Willment, a neuropsychologist with Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Mindfulness Explained ... in 2 minutes
Simple exercise to refocus or reduce anxiety.
Focus on the world around you. At this moment, what are:
5 things you see...
4 things you hear...
3 things you can touch...
2 things you can smell...
1 thing you can taste.
Mindfulness in a hurry... 30 seconds
View video for explanation on how the 3x3 method works.
Lots of apps out there, it's a matter of finding the one you like.
I like the Ausie voice on Headspace.
Has sleep stories; 16 free meditations.
Buffet; no set meditations; most popular free app. 15-20 minutes.
3 minute mindful breathing; simple good for beginners; stress, anxiety, depression. Includes gratitude journal.
Adult and app for kids for computer or phone. 5 themes: Calm, focus, kindness, sleep, wake up. 3, 5 & 10 minute meditations. First 10 free (but can keep replaying)
Mindfulness for Children
Breathing, visualization for anxiety, audio exercises; designed for ages 6-10, but good beginning activities.