By Tracy Lee, OMS II
A.T. Still University-SOMA
AMSA Trainee Wellness and Professionalism Committee
What is Mindfulness?
According to the Institute for Mindful Leadership, “Mindfulness is often defined as non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness.” Essentially, it is being conscious and “in the moment” of everything you are doing, not thinking about what you need to do in an hour, what you want to do for the rest of your life, or about your past experiences. Being mindful is taking full advantage of the present moment.
Mindfulness is derived from the Pali term "sati," which is an essential element of Buddhist practice. Mindfulness can be combined with mediation, eating, anything you can think of. It has been shown to change how our brains function in response to stress and thoughts about healthy eating. However, mindfulness is not only about reducing stress. It is about clearing your mind of all thoughts and not judging any of your thoughts, as you do during meditation or yoga.
The practice of mindfulness is difficult and takes time to cultivate. One example that is talked about a lot is to focus on eating a raisin (the taste, the texture, the ...