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Mindfulness is the state of moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. It is human nature to sometimes live on autopilot. We have tendencies to rehearse the future — what will I do next? Or rehash the past — I shouldn’t have done that.
Being mindful is noticing what is happening right now; without judging or trying to fix it. Being mindful and aware allows you to tune into signs and signals that your body and mind is sending.
Benefits of practicing mindfulness include reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, less emotional reactivity, increased cognitive flexibility, and relationship satisfaction. When we are present, we can make conscious, proactive choices about every aspect of our health.
Formally practicing mindfulness includes activities that allow you to dedicate time to meditate and be in the present moment; and informally—simply paying attention to what you are already doing, such as drinking a cup of coffee or petting the dog. Try a few of these simple steps to begin your mindfulness journey and remember that presence takes practice!
VA is here to support your mindfulness
Download VA’s guided meditation audio files and podcasts:
- Guided Meditation Podcast: An Intro on Mindfulness and using the Personal Health Inventory. This is a tool to help you think about and assess your overall health so you may develop a plan to help you achieve your greatest well-being.
- Guided Meditation Podcast: Paced Breathing This podcasts describes the "power of the mind" as it is used as a complement to healing. This podcast also includes a breathing exercises to promote mind-body well-being.
- Guided Meditation Podcast: Mini Mental Vacation (7:39) This podcast takes the listener on a "mini mental vacation," designed to settle the mind and increase a sense of relaxation and peace.
- VA has over 10 downloaded audio files and podcasts
Information printed courtesy of VA Women Veterans Health Care