Much of Western society perceives Mindfulness as the process of emptying one’s head of thought’, whereas the exact opposite is true. Mindfulness is a ‘fully-conscious’ state of living that focuses on the present moment with awareness and attention.
Mindfulness means being cognizant of only the present moment and paying close attention to what is happening in the ‘here and now’, instead of focusing on our past memories or future predictions. At WeSutra, we practice it through Unified Mindfulness (UM), a system of meditation that is systemized, can be practiced by anyone, needs only 10 minutes in a day and is research-based.
UM practices are developed by Shinzen Young, a Buddhist monk, an American Mindfulness teacher, and a neuroscience research consultant. The UM practice does not require a set pose, time or place for practice. It allows you to practice for 10 minutes a day when you are on your way to work, standing in a queue or even in the middle of a high-stress situation. It is a secular, non-religious practice and welcomes people of all faith in their search for clarity, inner peace, and empowerment.
Leading institutions including Harvard and Carnegie Mellon choose the UM system for their research on meditation and contemplative neuroscience. Several articles and papers have studied the application and effectivity of UM at work, in business, the effect of Mindfulness on addictive behaviors, for pain relief and recently, a team that conducted randomized controlled trials of mindfulness training in the workplace.