Mindfulness practice has been changing lives for over 2,500 years for one simple reason - Because it works.
Got stress? In stuck mode with life's challenges? Need more balance and resilience in your life? Are you dealing with the issues of aging, acute or chronic pain or illness?
Welcome to Mindfulness practice! An intentional path of Mindfulness practice trains your capacity to be guided by your innate wisdom instead of a reactive mind. Mind Body Mindfulness offers the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, as well as general Mindfulness and Meditation training and support for ongoing practice. These teachings are secular and accessible to everyone.
"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing." ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD ~
What is mindfulness?
One definition is that mindfulness is AWARENESS that ARISES by paying ATTENTION, on PURPOSE, in the PRESENT MOMENT, and NON-JUDGMENTALLY, in the service of self-understanding, wisdom and compassion. Each of these aspects of mindfulness are important in cultivating mindfulness as a way of BEING. We are called human BEINGS, but maybe we're really humans DOING. Mindfulness practice can change that.
Mindfulness connects the mind and body through a systematic approach to intentionally shape our internal focus of attention, and which can become an enduring trait, bringing long-term changes in brain function and structure. This is a fundamental property of neuroplasticity—how the brain changes in response to experience.
What mindfulness isn't
Is not about having a “blank mind” - that’s simply not possible. The mind “thinks” - that’s it’s job. But we do learn to be in a relationship to those thoughts, which gives us more influence on the effect our thoughts have on our reactivity and body stress response.
It’s not “Relaxation” - relaxation can be a by- product of meditation, but it is not the goal.
It is not being “Perfect” or “Blissed Out” - Mindfulness is a practice of coming in to contact with our lives as they are, and learning to make wise and kind choices about how we engage with what’s here.
Its not about twisting the body into an athletic yoga pose suspended in the air, arms suspending a horizontal body! Its about being in relationship with ourselves just as we are, whatever this physical body presents us.
Curious to learn more?
Spring 2018 MBSR orientations are set!
Other classes to introduce mindfulness and meditation practices
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