Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in the present moment.
It is a practice of learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and acknowledging whatever is present. By developing this skill, it is possible to begin to take charge of one’s own life by simply noticing what is happening in the mind and body while it is happening.
Many of us go through our lives in automatic pilot mode. We have a hard time staying focused on what we are doing while we are doing it, really being in the moment with family, friends, children and so many other aspects of our lives. Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI's) are designed to help counter habitual thought processes that can create anxiety and resistance to what is happening in the present moment. Participants will explore the creative process that emerges from mindfulness of immediate experience to develop useful strategies for coping with stress. These programs are now taught internationally and is part of the wellness programs of major corporations and universities.
Mindfulenss is a way of taking in and appreciating the fullness and importance of every moment of our lives, so that one can have the deep and connected experience that we all so much deserve.
There are some instances that mindfulness may not be beneficial or this might not be the right time to develop the practice. Some of the indications are less than six months out of addiction recovery, history of psychosis, significant untreated depression within the past three months, and at times significant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You should discuss any of these with your instructor before taking a program.
Who can benefit from these programs?
Many people can benefit from Mindfulness Based Programs. If you are interested in learning how to experience more awareness and present moment connectedness, or even those who may be skeptical about meditation, are good candidates. This program is really about showing up to what is present in our lives and finding a way to see that clearly. This statement alone can change our entire experience with the things that may challenge us, and the places we can get stuck. Mindfulness helps one to learn to notice our thoughts and emotions so that we can choose to "respond" to life rather than "react" to it.
- Stress, Anxiety, or Panic Attacks
- Work, Family, and Financial Stress
- Sleep Problems
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Skin Disorder
- High Blood Pressure
- GI Distress