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Erica
Gau
Executive Assistant to the Dean
CONHI

What is mindfulness to you?

I define mindfulness as the practice and actions/inactions of intentional awareness. This manner of       being allows for holistic existence and the experience of core truths.

How do you use mindfulness in your work, research, or practice?

I use mindfulness in my work to gain perspective, to focus, and to enhance and preserve creativity.

How has the practice of mindfulness affected your life (personally and professionally)?

Mindfulness has changed the conversations I have internally and with others. This way of managing and observing thoughts and communication has broadened my understanding of empathy, tolerance, and compassion.

How can mindfulness transform society?

Practicing and teaching mindfulness can transform society by elevating conversations to a more emotionally-intelligent level, reducing friction and conflict during times of stress, bringing true joy and contentment with each experience, and, by practicing mindfulness, you can create your own safe environment even in the midst of chaos.

What does the future hold for the practice of mindfulness?

Trying to predict the future seems the antithesis of mindfulness. ;^) I hope to see my future through "mindfulness-colored" glasses!