The Table Talk topic changes regularly with thoughts and questions your family may discuss at the table, on the couch, in the car, or on a walk. It’s a great way to connect and to learn what’s going on in each other’s lives.
- What does it mean to be mindful?
Thoughts: Mindfulness means to purposely focus your attention on the present moment and accept it without judgment. It is heightening your awareness about now...it is living in the present moment. It is paying attention on purpose. Take the Quiz and see how much you understand about mindfulness.
- Why should I care?
Thoughts: Mindfulness is a great teacher. Because we live in a busy world where distractions are the norm, it's easy to lose sight of what is important. Being future oriented can cause stress; being past focused can result in regrets. Neither are helpful for where you are today. Practicing mindfulness can bring you back to the present.
Physical Benefits: Mindfulness in the form of simple meditation can decrease physical and psychological symptoms of stress and can create positive changes in attitudes and behaviors. Not only does mindfulness reduce stress, it also helps lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep and more.
Mental Benefits: Mindfulness boosts working memory, improves focus, lowers emotional reactivity. It helps with self-control, objectivity, and enhances flexibility in thinking. Mindfulness helps people understand, tolerate, and deal with their emotions in healthy ways.
- How do I start?
Thoughts: There are many ways. Meditation is a common technique. Check out these resources
Meditation Techniques for Beginners: 5 Easy Tips
6 Simple Meditation Techniques for real People
7 Simple Meditation Techniques for First-Timers
- Benefits of Mindfulness: Practices for Improving Emotional and Physical Well-Being
- What are the benefits of mindfulness?
- Benefits of Mindfulness
- Mindful Teachers: Benefits of Mindfulness
- 20 Reasons Why It's Good For Your Mental and Physical Health
- Greater Good: What Is Mindfulness?