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I’m Jen Johnson, and I am a mindfulness teacher, coach and counselor. I’m also a photographer and writer. My work is all about mindfulness, photography and writing in the interest of healing, growth and expansion. I’m the author of Daily OM’s Managing Stress with Everyday Mindfulness course and the Director of Invisible Wounds of War project that offers mindfulness, photography and writing for veterans.

Practicing mindfulness reduces stress and increases feelings of peace, happiness and well-being. Practicing mindfulness is also one of the most effective things that we can do to increase willpower and support us in reaching our goals.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Practicing mindfulness, which is non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, trains you to become able to be present with whatever arises in your life, both the joys and the difficult moments. Living mindfully allows you to stay in the moment without getting overwhelmed by worry about the future or regret about the past.

When you bring awareness to whatever is happening right now, you have the freedom to choose how to respond rather than falling into your habitual patterns of reactivity.

Our health—and indeed our entire lives—can be seen as the sum of all our
moment-to-moment decisions.  –Kelly A. Turner

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Practicing mindfulness also supports you in opening your heart in order to experience life more fully. You learn to let go of self-criticism, self-doubt and anxiety and develop a relationship with yourself based on lovingkindness and self-compassion, which supports your growth and expansion and increases peace, happiness and well-being.

When we pause from the busyness, when we stop, it actually gives us a chance
 to come home to our hearts again. — Tara Brach

As you develop loving-kindness and compassion, you begin to understand that we are all interconnected and that your well-being depends upon the well-being of the natural world, and the natural world”s well-being depends upon your well-being. As you grow in your understanding of this interrelated ecology of all living things, you grow more committed to nurturing wellness in yourself, others, and the natural world.

Do You pay regular visits to yourself? –Rumi