SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
On any given day, we confront emotional ups and downs that accompany life’s twists and turns. As mindfulness grows out of paying attention to moment-to-moment experience, on purpose and without judgment, we learn to deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings and body sensations) and outside of us, in our environment. The idea is to shift out of living on autopilot and into living life with more openness and curiosity. The intention is to train our mind, over and over again, to bring our attention back to the present moment and strengthen the connections in the brain to help manage emotions, enhance critical thinking and achieve our goals.
Leading-edge neuroscientist Richard Davidson has demonstrated that our brains are constantly growing and evolving. He coined the concept neuroplasticity: the notion that our brains change throughout our lives in response to experience, suggesting that positive changes can be nurtured through mental training. Davidsons’ research demonstrates that mindfulness practice (attention training) can change the brain and lead to a number of positive outcomes, such as stress reduction, clearer thinking, better self-management and increased immunity.
Listen and Learn from Leading Experts
Dr. Richard Davidson explains the impact mindfulness practices have on the brain.
- Build Focus
- Regulate Emotions
- Reduce Reactivity
- Increased Wellbeing
- Clearer Thinking
- Stress Management
- Compassion Cultivation