What can mindfulness mean to a high school student?

           Mindfulness is straightforward. It is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. This is a concept that often feels unfamiliar to us, but it is not a special added thing we do. It is something that everyone has access to and can spark innovation, incentive, and purpose for anybody. When done correctly mindfulness can improve physical health, attitudes, and behavior, and decrease anxiety and stress levels.

           How to practice mindfulness:

  1. Find a time and space that can be dedicated to your mindfulness practice.
  2. Make a genuine effort to focus on the present without judgement.       
  3. Simply exist – focus on the pattern of your breath and do everything in your power to eliminate any intrusive thoughts. Avoid thinking about the past or the future. Do not plan. Do not check the time. All your thoughts can be picked up later, but this is time that has been designated to your own individual mindfulness practice.
  4. Look through the following links and use them as resources for future mindfulness practices. They will, without a doubt, be helpful.