Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction of San Antonio
                                                 VitaLife Insight 

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Hello!

 Thank you for visiting this website and for your interest in Mindfulness.

I am dedicated to assisting individuals in managing their lives and stress through mindfulness, meditation, and insight. 
I offer instruction in mindfulness based-stress reduction (MBSR), as well as a variety of programs, classes and retreats.

NAVIGATING: Please navigate through these pages by clicking on the page you are interested in, listed across the top
(home page, class description, a day of mindfulness, mindfulness research, and about us).


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“When you are grounded in calmness and moment-to-moment awareness,
you are more likely to be creative and to see new options, new solutions to problems.  
                                 You are more likely to be aware of your emotions and less likely to be carried away by them.”                                     Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.  Originator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
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On this page you will find:

  • NEWS!
  • A List of What Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Can Do For You
  • A Listing of The NEXT Class Offering
  • A Brief Description of Mindfulness and Mindful Meditation
  • A Brief Description of What We Offer & How to Contact Us
  • A Connection to Our Blog
  • A Suggestion for Winter        
  • A Quote
  • NEW Research Results -- check the links!
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News!

Our FIRST 5-day Intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training
will be offered 4-9 November 2014
at the Silver Spur Guest Ranch!!

(see the final page on this website!!)

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Check out "The Mindfulness Movie"  
Click HERE
This movie both includes information of mindfulness and mindfulness research,
including work being done by the military.


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This months Time Magazine reports there is a "mindful revolution" happening!!

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What Can Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Do For You?
  

Research reveals those who complete an MBSR Class gain:

  • Stress Relief
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Reduced symptoms of pain, psoriasis, menopause - among others
  • Improvements in their ability to deal with the daily stress of life
  • Increases in concentration, focus, and memory
  • Reductions in symptoms associated with depression and anxiety
  • Improvements in mood and self esteem
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Increases in their flexibility in the face of change and challenge
  • Personal insight and growth
  • Increased regional brain gray matter
  • Reductions in symptoms associated with PTSD
  • Reductions in symptoms associated with psoriasis, fibromyalgia,           irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer


Individuals who want to deepen their understanding of themselves, learn techniques to cope with stress, and live mindfully will benefit from this training.  Living mindfully  means connecting intimately with the people, events, and situations in ones’ life in a way that improves quality of life, enhances the ability to deal with stress, and enables a richer, more meaningful life.

                                                                                                                                
                                                                                           
 Insight and Self-Reflection

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*NEXT CLASS*

There is still room for individuals to join the next class.

The next class will begin on 27 March, finishing on ~15 May. The class meets each Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. For this class, we are changing venue and will meet at the historic Stilwell House on Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. An additional one-day silent retreat will be included on the weekend of either the weekend of 16 April or 3 May (class majority selects the date).


More information can be seen on the CLASS DESCRIPTION page on this website (to navigate between pages, click the page you'd like to view, listed across the top of each page) .

Cost: $300.  Compare prices (Austin-$500, UMASS-$600)
Please contact us at vitalifeinsight@gmail.com or call 210-391-8000 to sign up for the class.

*Please note that you do not need to be military or a veteran to attend, the space at the Stilwell House is rented and civilians can attend. 
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What is Mindfulness?

To be mindful is to be fully aware in a given place, time, and situation.  To be mindful is to focus on the awareness rather than on the thinking, judging, and interpreting that often accompanies awareness.  To be mindful is ‘to be fully aware, in that one moment of time’. With this basic definition, it is clear that any activity can be accomplished mindfully.  Yet, it is not easy to be mindful.

What is Mindful Meditation?

When learning to be more mindful during everyday activities, it helps to learn in steps.  Mindful meditation is a process by which a person learns to apply their attention to a focus of attention, such as the breath, sounds, sights, and movement.  From these practiced activities, a person learns to expand  awareness and attention to include other activities, such as eating, communicating, and working.  During mindfulness training, participants persistently practice the attitudes of non-judging, patience, trust, ‘beginners mind’, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go.  Although the terms may sound foreign, basically they signal a new way of seeing and interacting with the world around you…in a manner than reduces stress.  Through mindfulness meditation, one can slowly learn to increase concentration, focus, and insight.    

Is it all silent and quiet?

No, it is not all silent, although we have periods of time when we are silent, such as the all day silent retreat. The 8 classes are  interactive. During class, you will be taught an exercise, we will do the exercise, and then we will talk about it.

Is it all Meditation?

No, we also talk about mindfulness, the concepts behind mindfulness and what this means to our everyday lives. We will explore how the skills we are learning help to empower us and increase our abilities to deal with the ups and downs within our lives. We examine how to fully ‘be in’ our own lives, so we don’t miss moments while our minds drift here and there. We re-discover through this ‘being’ parts of ourselves that may have become lost in the shuffle of life.

What is so great about ‘being in the moment’?

Being in the moment can give you the ability respond to life and those around you in the way YOU want to, rather than reacting without thinking. It can help you feel more alert, alive, and in control. Research has shown mindfulness can help both the body and the mind (see the list above).

What do we offer?

On the next pages (navigating from the top of the page), you will see that we offer 8-week classes periodically, in San Antonio, Texas. We also conduct 1 hr, 3 hr, and 1 and 2-day workshops
We are offering our first 5-day intensive in the November of 2014!

How can you contact us?

Vitalife Insight Contact Information: send an email to 
vitalifeinsight@gmail.com or genergo@gmail.com or call 210-391-8000

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Check out our blog: http://vitalifeinsight.over-blog.com  

 

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Winter Thought 

To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are. Sven Goran Eriksson


 

Mindfulness

– awareness in the present moment –

- insight and self-knowledge -

- yielding a sense of calm and confidence -

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A Quote

When we live life with a lack of awareness, the mind and body go on autopilot.  We react to people and situations based on old habits of perceiving, feeling, and behaving. When we live life as a routine, we deal with situations based on past hurts and betrayals. Without thinking, we respond as if those same old experiences were happening again. We go through life thinking about something else instead of living in the present moment. Therefore, life happens to us. We are no longer in charge of what happens. When we begin to practice mindfulness we are constantly re-minding ourselves to see through new eyes.

James Van Praagh

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NEW 'IN THE NEWS'
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New Research shows that meditation REALLY can change your body on a cellular level! 
Click here for more information!

Time Magazine Cover: The Mindful Revolution
Click here for more information!!


Check out "The Mindfulness Movie"  
Click HERE
This movie both includes information of mindfulness and mindfulness research, including work being done by the military.



Vitalife Insight Contact Information: send an email to vitalifeinsight@gmail.com or genergo@gmail.com, or call 210-391-8000.
 

 

 

 

 

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