What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is moment to moment non-judgmental awareness. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. This awareness helps us touch deeply the wonders of life and transform the roots of suffering. Mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is an innate capacity already within you--a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. At the Copper Beech Institute, we practice bringing mindful attention into all aspects of life--our speech, listening, eating, loving, resting, working, and playing.

View a list of mindfulness-based courses offered at Copper Beech in the left hand menu on this page. Additionally, explore our overnight retreat, as well day retreat options.


The Research

Although mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that has been cultivated by practitioners for millennia, scientific interest in mindfulness is flourishing in the fields of neuroscience, education, medicine, psychology, business, law, and social work among others. To date over 500 peer reviewed articles have been published on mindfulness related studies over the past three decades. To learn more about the word to use evidenced-based research to examine the impact of mindfulness practice, visit the Mindfulness Research Guide

Some Articles to Explore

Mindfulness Improves Depression 
January 23, 2014, Huffington Post
Meditation Boosts Compassion
April 2, 2013, News @ Northeastern
Easing Anxiety with Meditation
June 4, 2013, Science Daily

October 18, 2011, Association for Psychological Science

Mindfulness in Education 
June 16, 2007, New York Times


Mindfulness Links

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Charter for Compassion
UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness Compassionate Action Network
University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness Mindful Wow
Centre for Contemplative Dialogue Fr. Michael Kevin Holleran
Contemplative Outreach Simmons College School of Social Work
Mindfulness Research Guide  
Hartford Family Institute  
The Mindful Path  
Greater Hartford Sangha  
Prison Mindfulness Institute  


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Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. He is credited with bringing mindfulness in to the mainstream of medicine and society. Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. View his video teaching below, where he is leading a session on mindfulness at Google.


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