Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
That sounds simple. But because the conditioning of our minds has been in place for our entire lifetimes, and because we are so attached to our thinking, this is difficult work which requires a commitment to the process.
Mindfulness is not simply a relaxation technique or a self-help approach; it is a gateway into the full dimensionality of being human. Rather than seeking to change or limit thinking or emotions, this non-judgmental awareness enables you to respond with greater clarity, stability and understanding to life’s stressors, rather than reacting in unhealthy ways.
We have learned that a regimen of physical exercise accrues significant health and wellness benefits; exercising our minds is the new working out. Heading out for a run or going to the gym is effective as part of a gradual, consistent program. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is just such a program for our strengthening our ‘mindfulness muscle’, or ‘presence power’.
MBSR trains participants to remember to observe moment-to-moment experience thereby strengthening the mind’s ability to stay focused on what is happening right now and to be open to experience. Participants are guided in using meditation and gentle mindful movement to increase their capacity to meet the present moment with kindness and non-reactivity.
MBSR is an eight-week program that is at once structured and fresh and grows organically from each participant’s unique perspective encouraging and guiding them to find insight about their relationship to their lives.
Ease and Lightness Mindfulness runs MBSR programs at your organization. Corporations, yoga studios, hospitals, senior centers and libraries to mention a few.