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Jen Johnson is a mindfulness teacher, coach and counselor. And a photographer and writer. She coaches people to design a mindful life that reflects their most heartfelt and soulful desires. Jen specializes in stress reduction and women’s wellness, including working with creatively gifted and intelligent women who struggle with stress, self-doubt, health challenges or chronic illness.

Practicing mindfulness reduces stress and increases feelings of peace, happiness and well-being. Practicing mindfulness is also one of the most effective things that we can do to increase willpower and support us in reaching our goals.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness is awareness of present moment without clinging to it, without turning away and trying to escape it, and without wanting things to be other than they are.

Practicing mindfulness allows you to be present with whatever arises in your life, both the joys and the difficult moments, without being so reactive. Living mindfully allows you to stay in the moment without getting overwhelmed by worry about the future or regret about the past.

When you bring awareness to whatever is happening right now, you have the freedom to choose how to respond rather than falling into your habitual patterns of reactivity.

Our health—and indeed our entire lives—can be seen as the sum of all our
moment-to-moment decisions.  –Kelly A. Turner

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Practicing mindfulness also supports you in opening your heart in order to experience life more fully. You learn to let go of self-criticism, self-doubt and anxiety and develop a relationship with yourself based on lovingkindness and self-compassion, which supports your growth and expansion and increases peace, happiness and well-being.

When we pause from the busyness, when we stop, it actually gives us a chance
 to come home to our hearts again. — Tara Brach

As you develop loving-kindness and compassion, you begin to understand that we are all interconnected and that your well-being depends upon the well-being of the natural world, and the natural world”s well-being depends upon your well-being. As you grow in your understanding of this interrelated ecology of all living things, you grow more committed to nurturing wellness in yourself, others, and the natural world.

Do You pay regular visits to yourself? –Rumi