Lately, many have been talking about the power of mindfulness practices.
It’s more than a tool to focus attention and reduce stress, as helpful as those outcomes are.  Mindfulness – defined as presence, openness, engaged awareness and compassionate acceptance of life as it is in this moment – allows us to re-wire our brains to support more flexibility in how we process information and more resilience in how we respond to the slings and arrows of our personal and collective outrageous fortune.  It’s also a valuable tool for helping transform negativity, ease self-criticism, and build the inner love and peace that can infiltrate all areas of their lives.
Here are 4 other benefits of practicing mindfulness – offering a powerhouse of benefits for emotional and relationship health.

Mindfulness helps us to see clearly.  It also helps us intentionally shift to a more skillful response to what is happening in me or you in that moment.  Neuropsychologist Dan Siegel calls this the capacity of mindfulness to “monitor and modify.”  We are present, engaged, open.  We notice and we know.  We discern moment by moment by moment what is unwholesome or unskillful in what we are doing, thinking, feeling.  It opens us to a way of


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