When was the last time you were fully present? Sometimes, the way we’ve structured modern life is in direct opposition to full presence in any given moment. Alerts on our smartphones constantly take us out of whatever we’re doing. There is always somewhere else we have to be or something else we have to do. Even when we’re working out, our minds might be composing emails, creating to-do lists or picking apart our last perceived social disaster.
Enter mindfulness, a staple of Eastern philosophy and more commonly known through the Westernized versions of yoga and meditation. Mindfulness is now weaving its way into psychotherapy as a tool to combat anxiety and depression and help navigate the inherently messy journey of life.
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