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Mindfulness is all the rage these days. With benefits like actually increasing the density of your gray matter, how could it not be? The perks are far reaching: reduced stress levels, lowered risk of heart disease, reduced rumination, increased focus, boosted memory and lowered emotional reactivity. But what really is Mindfulness, and how can we make use of it? I think of Mindfulness as simply

 

TURNING OFF OUR AUTOPILOT AND TUNING INTO THE PRESENT MOMENT.

 

Bringing your awareness into your body is a direct avenue to the present moment. Which is why yoga, breathwork and mindfulness practices work like a charm. It’s as simple as tuning in to the feeling of your feet on the floor, the sensations in your hands or the patterns in the mind. And yet the rewards are staggeringly good.

Enjoy these videos with the acclaimed Jon Kabat Zinn.