BODY-CENTERED MINDFULNESS INTO LIFESTYLE CAN IMPROVE HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Research has shown explicit health benefits to meditation, especially in the realm of stress-relief; the
Mayo Clinic recommends meditation for producing a sense of calm, peace and balance, producing
benefits in both emotional well-being and overall health. However, the problem with meditation is that
those people who are most need of stress relief are those who are least likely to feel they have time to
cram one more thing into their schedule.
Kate Sciandra, integrative healthcare practitioner and specialist in pain and stress relief, knew that the idea of trying to cram one more thing into an already jam-packed life was a way to create even more anxiety. As a dual business owner, teacher, columnist, Girl Scout leader and mom – with a part-time job on the side, she understood what it means to feel overwhelmed and overscheduled. As a regular meditator and as an instructor and practitioner of client-centered healthcare, she also had first-hand
experience with the benefits of being present through mindfulness.
During meditation, the attention is on a particular object of focus, such as the breath, This focus quiets
the mind and helps to eliminate the kind of busy, jumbled thinking (often called “monkey mind”) that can keep us in a state of overwhelm and stress. This creates a mindful state that provides a more peaceful, clear state of mind.
Enjoy this in-depth conversation about body-centered mindfulness.