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 to support us throughout the stages in life, whether you are 5 or 50.
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand and manage your emotions, and to understand and respond effectively to the emotions of others.
“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
According to CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, social and emotional learning 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.
At MK YOU, you can learn and practice “Sm’Heart” skills (pronounced “smart”) for emotional resilience and intelligence: creating the space to allow the thinking mind to align with the heart to move forward with your thoughts, words, and actions. Sm’heart skills involves the understanding, awareness, and management of emotions, aligned with positive core values and intentions when making decisions, problem solving, or creating to achieve the very best version of YOU! In so doing, you make a positive impact on the world around you.
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. 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.
At Mindful Kindful YOUniversity we blend neuroscience, social emotional learning, and evidence based practices of mindfulness and movement to cultivate these core competencies and essential life skills. Mindful. Kindful. Skillful.
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