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Let LVHN Help You Manage Stress with Mindful Meditation

The Center for Mindfulness at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) offers a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course to help you learn how to manage stress using mindfulness. But what exactly does this buzzword “mindfulness” mean?

Mindfulness is about taking in your moment-to-moment experiences as they come. It’s about noticing your thoughts and feelings, without judgment and without reacting to them.

How does mindfulness work?

There are several different ways that you can practice mindfulness. Some examples are:

  • Body scan – Slowly guide your attention through each part of your body and notice the sensations that you feel.
  • Mindful movement – Gentle stretching and movement combined with bringing attention to sensation and the breath.
  • Mindfulness meditation – While seated, notice your breath and expand your awareness to your senses (sounds, sight, taste) as well as your thoughts, emotions and other feelings in your body.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Research shows that practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress. In fact, mindfulness can actually cause changes in your brain that may offset some of the harmful effects of stress as well as depression. In addition, mindfulness can help you better manage anxiety, depression and chronic pain. It’s also been shown to boost well-being and improve quality of life.

With so many different ways to practice mindfulness, everyone can benefit from it – no matter your age or abilities.

Visit LVHN.org/mindfulness to learn more about the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, browse the class schedule and access a FREE audio library that lets you try out guided audio meditation.