In addition to making life less enjoyable and lowering overall quality of life, stress is a significant contributing factor to many acute and chronic diseases and medical conditions, including obesity, depression, heart disease and immune disorders. Chronic stress can also take a toll on work productivity and personal and professional relationships, including family relationships.
What does it mean to be “mindful”? Mindfulness has been defined as paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally, with an intention of acceptance, curiosity, and kindness. This is in direct contrast to the way we often engage in the world which is in a habitual, automatic pilot type way. The choices we make can be understood when we look at the reward we are getting from the behavior. Humans spend their days trying to get more of what they want and less of what they don’t want. In general, this is a good strategy, but sometimes those habits that reward us in the short term can have negative consequences in the long term. Mindfulness gives us a way to recognize the impulses that lead us to make bad decisions and gives us a toolkit with which to change our direct experience.
Many organizations claim to be offering mindfulness-based services, but the team at WellessenceMD are Oasis Certified Instructors trained by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, which was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The providers deliver this unique seminar series to Northwest Chicago suburbs.
Mindfulness-based training is also ideal for men and women dealing with job-related stress, personal or family issues, and depression and anxiety.