Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to be the newest buzzword but, like meditation and yoga, it isn’t going away—because it works! So what exactly is mindfulness? Why should we learn about it? More importantly, why should we care?

Stress and anxiety are increasing both for adults and, sadly, for children. Mindfulness allows us to open our minds to a different way of understanding the world around us— to experience our life from a different perspective, one which allows us to live day to day more peacefully and to take joy in simple, every-day moments.

Mindfulness simply means being aware of the present moment—being aware of our environment, our thoughts, our emotions, our physical sensations.

Cultivating mindfulness practices allows us to increase awareness and focus; with practice and dedication, we eventually transfer our learned skills to our everyday lives. By increasing awareness on each moment as it passes, we learn to become more responsive and less reactive—we notice, manage and control our automatic thoughts and reactions. This allows us to be more present, to enjoy the little things in life. Research shows that mindfulness has many positive effects, including reduction in stress and anxiety, greater job satisfaction, better emotional regulation, and improved concentration–all leading to healthier, more joyful relationships, and an overall sense of well-being.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Practitioners can help you

Alejandra Linden MMT, RP
Registered Psychotherapist
Alejandra Linden MMT, RP
647 968 7628
Alison Dunning, RP, MEd
Registered Psychotherapist
Alison Dunning, RP, MEd
(647) 896-6531
Caitlin Beukema, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Caitlin Beukema, MSW, RSW
647-749-5757
Jennifer Shields, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Jennifer Shields, MSW, RSW
Joanna Panayotopoulos, RP (qualifying)
Psychotherapy for Adults & Children, Yoga Therapy
Joanna Panayotopoulos, RP (qualifying)
416 553 2209
Laura Levin, MPH, RP
Registered Psychotherapist
Laura Levin, MPH, RP
416-550-5205
Lisa Derencinovic, MSW, RSW
Counselling Social worker
Lisa Derencinovic, MSW, RSW
416-821-7315
Maham Fatima, MEd
Registered Psychotherapist
Maham Fatima, MEd
647-700-8520
Melissa Taylor, MSW RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Melissa Taylor, MSW RSW
647-667-3710
Mina Iyer MSW RSW
Registered Social Worker
Mina Iyer MSW RSW
514-867-5782
Nadia MacDonald, MA (EXAT)
Training Therapist (TIRP)
Nadia MacDonald, MA (EXAT)
647-225-6499
Susan Anstice  MSc, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Susan Anstice MSc, MSW, RSW
647-883-1724
Tamara Aleong, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Tamara Aleong, MSW, RSW
Yzobela Hyett M.Ed., R.P. (Qualifying)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Yzobela Hyett M.Ed., R.P. (Qualifying)
647-933-5515

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