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As society strives to surpass yesterday's achievements, and humans find themselves constantly juggling massive amounts of information, it can be difficult to transcend pressure and stress, fully focus, and find a sense of peace or calm in the present moment. Relentlessly working to improve and compete can become mentally and emotionally exhausting.
How do we learn to shift our mindset, focus on the present moment, and find joy in it?
Mindfulness, or present-mindedness, can help us to redirect focus, from ruminating on illness and suffering, to finding gratitude in each moment. Individuals who practice mindfulness report an increased ability to relax, improved self-esteem, and a greater enthusiasm for life.
National Institutes of Health-supported research reports that mindfulness may help to manage stress, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve resilience. Also, a growing body of research around mindfulness shows measurable changes in the brain regions involved in memory, learning and emotion.
Under the leadership of ASU’s Chief Well-Being Officer, Teri Pipe, the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience at ASU promotes the power of mindfulness to advance the health and well-being of the larger community. Through connections with global researchers, scholars and practitioners, Center works to cultivate understanding and compassion to honor the needs of Arizona’s diverse population, and deepen the University’s culture of healthfulness.
Mindfulness offers a context for connecting, learning and thriving, while advancing the innovative culture that is foundational to the New American University.