What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment by noticing our thoughts, emotions & feelings, physical sensations in the body, and/or surrounding environment.
Mindfulness includes the intentional nurturing of positive states of mind such as kindness and compassion for ourself and for others.
Mindfulness can be a state of mind in the present moment, and over time it can become a more enduring personal trait or disposition, or a way of being. Remembering is a moment of awareness and presents an opportunity for choosing how to move forward with presence, with compassion, clarity, curiosity, and with heart by aligning with your core values.
Mindfulness is foundational to emotional intelligence which includes social and emotional skills.
According to CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
CASEL Identifies 5 Core competencies in Social Emotional Learning:
- Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions and thoughts and how these influence behavior.
- Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.
- Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
- Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.
At Mindful Kindful YOUniversity we blend neuroscience, social emotional learning, and evidence based practices of mindfulness to cultivate these core competencies and essential life skills.
With practice, mindfulness can help us to become aware of the present moment, both positive and negative, by observing our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, words spoken or to be spoken, actions, the environment and those around you without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. With improving self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making, we learn to pause, connect heart and mind, and respond more thoughtfully, creatively, and with compassion. We learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm us and we can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs, beginning at home and in school.
Mindful. Kindful. Skillful.
“Mindfulness moves brain activity from the emotional part of the brain into the problem solving part of the brain so it can do it’s job. It can work the other way too. If you can get the problem solving part of the brain really strong, it can turn around and quiet the emotional part of the brain.” ~Dr. Susan Kaiser Greenland
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