Mindfulness is practice of self-care. Meditation is one of the most powerful and research-supported forms of mindfulness. It can be done sitting in a lovely room (like at Change Space) or you can meditate standing in the line at the post office. Simply, mindfulness is taking a moment to be in the moment. Really be there. We spend a lot of time and angst rehashing past events, analyzing them, doubting them, wishing we could redo them, but knowing we can’t change them. Likewise, we invest a lot of our energy in anticipation of what’s to come. We run through scenarios, analyze them, doubt them, wonder, worry. Yet we can’t actually control any of that either. So right now is a very powerful place — an empowered place — to be. Right now, in this moment, we can connect to ourselves, have a true sense of control, relax in a comfortable calmness. In this moment, we hear the sounds around us. The smells. We feel the breath coming into our body. And leaving it. Sure, the brain goes a little squirrelly, but we come back to the breath. In that breath, we are alive … now.