Mindfulness is much more than living in the present moment. Mindfulness practice is based on ancient Buddhist teachings that help us to quiet our busy minds, reduce our stress response, and to live with more awareness, serenity, wisdom, and compassion. It does not conflict with Christian beliefs or other religious orientations.
I use mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a tool for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It helps us to be more conscious of and to diffuse negative thinking habits and unhelpful storylines that affect our feelings and behaviors. It can help us to achieve more emotional balance and to be more at ease with change and uncertainty in our lives. Studies have shown that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can actually change how the brain functions. It can help us to become more like a “mountain in a storm,” able to handle whatever challenges come along with more equanimity.