Mindfulness in ACS Athens

Mindfulness means to observe without judgment ourselves and our surroundings in the present moment, rather than letting our mind wander in the past or future. “…This shift in perspective is thought to prevent escalation of dysfunctional cognitive and emotional patterns and allow for the occurrence of more adaptive responses.” 1 So, first and foremost, mindfulness helps people choose where they want to direct their focus and maintain it for a longer period of time. It also helps acknowledge and regulate emotions without being overwhelmed, making it a very effective tool for dealing with stress and anxiety2. Finally there has been proof of a correlation between mindfulness and ethical decision making3. The content presented during mindfulness sessions may vary according to the participants but it mainly consists of:

  1. Mindful movement based on Tai Chi and other traditional martial arts.
  2. Mindful observation of the senses.
  3. Mindful breathing.
  4. Mindful observation of thoughts and emotions.
  5. Theoretical analysis of mindfulness (scientific studies, relevant philosophies, personal experience etc).

1 "It’s Not What You Think, It’s How You Relate to It: Dispositional Mindfulness Moderates the Relationship Between Psychological Distress and the Cortisol Awakening Response"

Jennifer Daubenmier, PhD,*,a Dara Hayden, PsyD,b Vickie Chang, PhD,a and Elissa Epel, PhDc

2 The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Therapy on Anxiety and Depression: A Meta-Analytic Review

Stefan G. Hofmann, Alice T. Sawyer, Ashley A. Witt, and Diana Oh

3 "In the Moment: The Effect of Mindfulness on Ethical Decision Making"

Nicole E. Ruedy and Maurice E. Schweitzer