Mindfulness is a deceptively simple concept – learning to be aware of the present moment, with acceptance. As a tool for helping people, mindfulness allows us to find peace and contentment with the way things are instead of how we wish they were. Mindfulness allows us to engage the world without fear, without anxiety, and without the need to control everything around us. There are no guarantees and mindfulness, like all things, requires dedication, but it is possible to live with less worry. Mindfulness is a discipline and a re-training of the mind – changing something we have spent a lifetime developing will not happen overnight. However, it a discipline many soon come to love. The best way to develop this discipline is through a dedicated meditation practice.
Meditation is not an explicitly religious practice, although it can be if a person chooses. In its purest form, meditation is a training of the attention and a gentle redirecting of our wandering mind to focus attention on the present. This can help us step away from the illusions of our mind or the obsession of our thoughts. I am a certified meditation instructor because I have found it to be so useful in my own life and have seen the benefit in the lives of people who employ it.  I have found it also works very well in conjunction with counseling.