The awareness of breath meditation focuses on the breath as an anchor to the present moment. The breath is always with us. We don’t need to think about it, or control it, thank goodness. Practicing the cultivation of mindfulness of the breath helps us to develop and strengthen that present moment awareness in the rest of our lives.
Whenever we notice that our attention has been pulled away by a thought, sound, or body sensation, we gently, and without judgment, return our attention to the breath, to the present moment. This is mind training and it can help us live fuller, healthier lives.
Cheryl Mills is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher and Mindfulness Coach. She received her training through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, HealthCare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Medical School. She teaches mindfulness meditation, stress and anxiety reduction, and mindful habit change programs.
She is also a Co-Founder of Haelan House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and awareness around trauma and how it affects our lives physically mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and nutritionally. Their mission is to heal the root cause and effects of trauma, creating health, resilience, and wholeness. They promote healing of trauma through complementary and alternative healing modalities. The Healing Trauma Conference is Haelan Houses’s signature event offering education, tools, resources, and support for those who are or have experienced trauma.