The mind has “a mind of its own” and we can’t control incoming thoughts as hard as we may try. Learning to be present through mindfulness activities helps to tame the mind so there’s space between the thinking and doing. It alters our habitual responses by having us take a pause, so we can think about the decisions we want to make. When we purposefully take the moment to tune in, we get the chance to effectively process, problem solve, and act on behalf of our intrinsic values. Read more via The HuffingtonPost.