“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.”
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. It is a very practical way to learn to meditate...by meditating, discussing, and asking questions!
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).
Research reveals those who complete an MBSR Class gain:
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
- worldwide neuroscience research focusing on mindfulness
- the public’s increasing awareness and acceptance of the practice
- heartfelt stories of military personnel and teenagers
using mindfulness to overcome
stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
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Winter Thought: How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." - Anne Dillard
– awareness in the present moment –
- insight and self-knowledge -
- yielding a sense of calm and confidence -
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Valerie J. Berg Rice