“Happiness is a skill” – Dr. Richard Davidson
Recently I had the honor of speaking at the “Nurturing the Nurse” conference at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. This was a meaningful opportunity for me because as you’ll hear in my talk, nurses have had a profound impact on reducing my anxiety levels when I suffered from extreme anxiety in the past. I touch upon a miraculous experience with a nurse in this talk, and cannot wait to reveal the full the story in my forthcoming book, From Anxiety to Love (New World Library, 2017).
Whether we work in the field of nursing or not, mindfulness, the practice of being in the present moment, can reduce our stress levels, enhance our health, and even increase our levels of HAPPINESS! In this excerpt from my hour-long presentation, you will learn what mindfulness is, how it links to happiness, and we will practice a mindful breathing meditation.
Enjoy this talk, and ask me anything in the comments below!
Wow What a great presentation. I read John Kabat Zinn many years ago and tried to practice mindfulness breathing meditation. I failed. LOL
Watching your video I realize now not only CAN I do it, but I NEED to do it now. I am always astonished when you speak about anxiety how anxious I really am. My breath will come in waves that speed up and my breathing gets shallow and hurts my midsection then I get exhausted. I had not put that together before. My anxiety exhausts me. I am going to be practicing this breathing from now on because it worked as I did it with you. I seem to be in the future alot. Just doing the dishes I ‘m thinking about the next chore That’s stress. Now I can do the dishes while breathing, paying attention to when the in breath turns to the out breath.
Thank you Thank you Thank you Corrine.
Love, Peace and Blessings to you.
You are a blessing.
Rosemarie I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And I’m especially glad that you realized you CAN do this type of meditation! All it takes is willingness to bring our mind back to what we’re doing, while we’re doing it. The wandering happens to all of us. The practice is in the returning. It is wonderful that you can see how much the mind goes into the future. That awareness itself is mindfulness. And now you’re empowered to bring that mind back to the present! I love mindful breathing because the breath is ALWAYS right here. No need to do anything but tune into it, whether we’re practicing formally or informally. So grateful to share this path with you friend!