Pauliann Long, LCSW-C

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Mindfulness, Meditation & Breathing

Mindfulness is an attitude of awareness in every moment, and can be practiced formally, as in a seated mindfulness meditation practice, or informally, by simply attempting to be more aware in everything you do.

What is mindfulness and why is it important to therapists?

Meditation is the art of practicing awareness, whether in stillness and quietude, or while in motion. It is a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm, silent, and alert, simultaneously. It usually involves setting aside time for whatever type of meditation one is practicing, and there are many variations!

Breathing is an essential life function and is controlled autonomously by the central nervous system. We don’t have to think to breathe. However, the way we breathe affects everything we do, and most people don’t realize that it is the single most important tool we have for positively impacting our state of mind, as well as improving our sense of physical well-being.

For more than 20 years I have practiced mindfulness, meditation, and breathing techniques to support my own growth and to enhance my personal well-being. Using many of these same techniques, we will explore various practices to support individual desires and goals on the path to your own sense of health, well-being, and connectedness.