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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- Stay in the Here and Now

Updated on May 13, 2016
Mindfulness means the ability to stop and enjoy the present moment, notice the beauty around you.
Mindfulness means the ability to stop and enjoy the present moment, notice the beauty around you.

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
- Mother Teresa

Mindfulness is the ability to focuses on increasing present moment awareness, the here and now experience, which is the foundation for mindfulness based stress reduction.

Mindfulness is about non-doing. It’s about allowing yourself to be in the moment with things exactly as they are, without trying to change anything.

The purpose is to recognize and accept reality as is, without bias from emotional reactions or mental distortions and without reacting to automatic behavioral patterns. The purpose is to be present. We have really only the moment we are right now; we can’t live non-in the past neither in future. When we are here and now we have no time to worry about the future and fell stressed. The result is a mind which remains unstained and invulnerable, completely unaffected by the ups and downs of life.

The purpose is to be present. In fact, all you have is the moment you are right now; you can't live neither in the past nor in the future.

The purpose, I would better say, consequences of mindfulness are:

  • less stress,
  • no anxiety,
  • no depression,
  • no negative thoughts.

When you are here and now you have no time to worry and feel stress.

Mindfulness is a proven remedy against the downward spiral caused by automatic negative thoughts - well known stress trigger.

Recognizing negative thoughts early allows following a different track. In case of a depression, or anxiety for instance, this is very important. When in the mind the same things are continuously repeated and ruminated of what was, it becomes a closed circuit without giving entry to new, real experiences, without entry to the richness of life itself that is present here and now.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction concept - books of the creators Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli

Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine
Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

Saki Santorelli, director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, offers a collection of inspirational essays and the meditations he uses in his eight-week course at the clinic for both healing professionals and patients. The key to improving the relationship between the two, he believes, is mindful awareness, a spiritual concept borrowed from Eastern mysticism. To achieve mindfulness, he recommends a series of breathing exercises.


Reduce Stress with Mindfullness Meditation

(And mindfulness meditation is one of many effective meditation techniques you can try--stress management techniques that I highly recommend!)

Take Action:

1. When dealing with a problem, try focusing on what's happening right now, without projecting into the future or dredging up the past; it keeps you dealing with what's going on now.

2. Try to stay in the present, the specific problem, and finding a solution that works.

3. Start mindfulness meditation. (I suggest you to start with guided mindfulness meditation. Check the resources below)

Mindfulness can effectively help you deal with a variety of stressors without becoming overwhelmed.

With practice, you may see a significantly positive change in outlook, and a decrease in your experience of chronic stress.

(read Are you heading toward burnout)

Mindfulness means that you step out of your life story and step into life itself, here and now.

It teaches how to give attention to what is positive and beautiful in life, despite of stress situations in which we often find ourselves. It is about seeing the same things with different eyes. It is an attitude that leads to appreciation of the simple and small things of life.

About the Author

Dr.Inese Millere , M.D. is wellness and mindful eating coach for busy women after 40 who want to be Fit, Balanced and Ageless: to manage stress, stress eating, have a healthy and joyful relationship with food and enjoy healthy living and longevity.


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      Ted 4 years ago from The World

      Am a very big fan of mindfulness and all its benefits.

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      Inese 8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Dear holmsjenn, thanks for visiting. Keep staying positive and mindfull; all we have is now.

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      holmesjenn 8 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent hub. I have been working on being present, staying positive and not complaining. It is amazing how mnay negative people there are when you are positive.

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      Inese 8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      williamblake thanks 4 stopping by :)

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      williamblake 8 years ago

      Nice choice keep it up