Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges from paying attention in the present moment with a non-judgmental and curious attitude. Learning to be more mindful allows us to counter many of our every day stresses that over time have a significant health cost. It is not a relaxation strategy. It becomes a transformation of how we see the world and operate within it; relaxation is secondary to the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness increases our resiliences, counters stress, burnout, cognitive fatigue and, with practice, physical pain. It also ensures increased mind/body connection which often gets “severed’ in our busy cognitively demanding lives.