Explore our free resources and start learning about how mindfulness can change your life today. No appointment necessary.
Knowledge is a key ingredient for psychological freedom and overall wellbeing!
One of our core values is making mindfulness accessible to anyone and everyone. We believe mindfulness is a key component to living fully and meaningfully and we aim to make this technology available to anyone who wants to learn it. While Austin Mindfulness Center is primarily a counseling center, it is at the core of our mission to provide education to the community whether they are being seen by an AMC therapist or just interested in learning about mindfulness.
More and more people are wanting to develop tools that will help them to be more flexible, present, and less reactive. Our resources will help you to do just that. We have a range of options, including free guided meditations, as well as one-on-one meditation coaching, an online mindfulness course, and workshops that can be tailored to fit any organization.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention moment to moment to the present without judgment and with an open and curious intention. It is a way of cultivating a part of your brain that can observe without reactivity or the need to avoid or escape what is there in the present moment.
We have been conditioned to operate in the doing mode of mind, where our minds tend to feel more useful. It's familiar and allows our minds to run on autopilot for a lot of our lives. This leads to a number of problems. If you are on autopilot, you are probably functioning o.k. on the outside in order to get things done, but you are not present for it. Instead you may be in the past or in the future. This isn't always "bad." But when the past is filled with regret or pain and the future is filled with fear or anxiety, we tend to experience these things as if they were happening now. But they aren't. And this leads to suffering.
On the other hand, the "being" mode of mind simply observes, but also disengages the brain activity that elicit emotional reactivity, worry, panic, hopelessness, depression, and many other negative patterns of your mental life. By engaging the being mode of mind, you create psychological flexibility and thus, more options, and more freedom.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Regular mindfulness practice has been proven to provide the following benefits:
Increased working memory
Better focus and attention span
Lower anxiety and depression
Less emotional reactivity
More cognitive flexibility
Positive affect (good mood)
Quicker recovery following fight/flight response
Increased immune functioning
Increased capacity for empathy
Mindfulness for Beginners
Want to learn the fundamentals of mindfulness in 3 simple steps? There are many ways to do so -- and there is no one right way -- but here is one good approach:
You may listen to these audio tracks here or you can download them for free onto your mobile device to listen to anywhere, anytime. Feel free to share these tracks with your loved ones!
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