Get Started with Mindfulness

Posted on April 12, 2021

by Pam Okosun

Chances are you have heard something about the benefits of mindfulness. When you imagine the word ‘mindfulness,’ what images come to mind? Do you imagine sitting cross-legged on top of a mountain? Meditating at a secluded retreat center? Undergoing years of intense practice? Sitting in silence for hours on end? While these can be components of a mindfulness practice, mindfulness is really a tool that is accessible to everyone on a daily basis.


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. 


Mindfulness can be defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on “the now” so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body.


Why be mindful? 

Mindfulness practices can help you increase your ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help you to focus your attention, as well as to observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment. As you become more present in your life and in relation to others, it can help you to make better decisions, to manage your emotions and to be more fully engaged in life. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.


Start a Mindfulness Daily Practice

Sign up for a free 40-day online training in mindfulness meditation with highly regarded meditation teachers, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Each 10-15 minute audio session includes a short talk and a guided meditation delivered one per day.


The course includes modules that cover:

  • Mindful Basics
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resilience, Healing, and Inner Freedom
  • Mindful Living


Here’s the sign up link. Click the “Login to Enroll” button to get started.


Additional Resources

The Library also has many resources on mindfulness. Here are a few to get started, including one by Tara Brach.


For Adults


For Teens


For Kids

Pam Okosun

Pam Okosun

Pam is a Community Engagement Librarian. She teaches library classes, plans programs, helps customers learn new technologies, and loves to discover what people are curious about. Outside the library, you might find her crocheting, playing the piano, or flying with her pilot husband.
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