A state in which a person takes on a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment and without reacting.

Mindfulness is simply an invitation to step out of the chaos of our busy lives and really focus on what we are doing, thinking, and feeling in this moment. This can be done in every aspect of your day, from playing with your children, listening to your partner tell you about their day, taking a walk outside, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc.

A Clear Mind

When you’re in a mindful state, things that would normally bother you won’t trigger past painful experiences in the same way. Mindfulness affects how you respond to stressful situations. It’s not about disconnecting from your true feelings; it’s about acknowledging and accepting them. Whether you feel happy, sad, or mad in that moment, mindfulness allows you to fully experience and accept those emotions.

More details can be found on the CMHA site here.


When in a stressful situation, practice this breathing technique:

  • Count to 4 while you slowly inhale
  • Count to 4 while you hold your breath
  • Count to 4 again while you exhale

Find Your Calm

Mindfulness Meditation

The practice of training your attention and awareness to gain greater control over your mental well-being and develop specific capacities such as calmness, clarity, and concentration.


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Repetitive negative thinking
  • Emotionally reacting to triggers

Strengthens and Improves

  • Memory
  • Focus
  • Relationships
  • Self-insight
  • Ability to empathize
  • Self-compassion
  • Quality of life

The more we work on improving our mindset, the better equipped we will be to understand and show compassion and empathy towards others. Work inward first, then outward.

Books that have helped me better understand mindfulness include:

  • Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty
  • The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by Edith Eger
  • Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life by Jim Kwik
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • Welcome Home: A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul by Najwa Zebian
  • The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
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