Episode 10: Mindfulness and Slowing Down

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, offers one of the most widely-used definitions of mindfulness: “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”  The gold standard studies of mindfulness have found benefits such as better concentration, psychological flexibility and less reactivity, and stronger working memory.  Several scientists have proposed that the health benefits of mindfulness are caused, in part, by four interrelated factors: attention regulation, body awareness, change in perspective on the self and emotion regulation. While it can have great benefits, mindfulness isn’t the answer for everyone or in every situation, and it’s important to recognize when it might not be right for you. Try mindfulness in a variety of ways.