I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with an extremely inspiring, vibrant, and courageous woman. She started off her journey in life as a radio and television host across the United States from Boston, to Los Angeles, and Miami. More recently, she has shifted gears and become an active voice in the mental health community as a certified mindfulness coach. Today I'll be chatting with the ever so wonderful Melissa Maxx! In this episode we are going to be talking about Mindfulness. For those who are not aware, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique used by mental health professionals to help individuals better handle their stress, and is commonly used to aid those struggling with anxiety and depression. A popular way people are encouraged to practice mindfulness is through meditation.