The Catholic University of America

 

Mindfulness is a way to approaching life from a stance of intentional awareness, without judgment and with a sense of acceptance. Using mindfulness, we can each develop the skill of letting go of burdensome fears and worries, instead engaging with the present moment feeling grounded, calm, and connected.

Research has shown mindfulness to be an effective approach for managing stress, depression, anxiety, negative body image, and a number of other concerns. It teaches people to become aware of their inner processes so that they can direct themselves away from the “automatic pilot” mode that often sustains emotional suffering. By becoming more alert to our inner and outer experiences, we can more fully connect to our lives and achieve a sense of wholeness.