These are perfect classes for beginners or anyone who wants to get back on track with mindful meditation. You will learn how to integrate mindful meditation techniques into your day. At the end of this course, with a gradual progression you will be practicing on your own for 30 minutes consecutively. Come reduce stress and find fulfillment and peace.
Mindfulness has the potential to benefit everybody.
Why practice mindfulness?
We spend a lot of time ruminating about the past and anticipating the future playing the same stories over and over again. With mindfulness, we practice becoming consciously aware of the mind chatter and notice the present moment as is, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant in a balanced and non-reactive way.
This cultivated awareness is the journey to self-mastery
and the source of freedom and fulfilment in our life.
"Anything and everything can become our teacher, reminding us of the possibility of being fully present: the gentle caress of air on our skin, the play of light, the look on someone's face, a passing contraction in the body,
a fleeting thought in the mind. Anything. Everything. If it is met with awareness." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
How do I practice mindfulness?
The great thing about an informal practice is that we can practice at any time. Engaged in noticing our experience within and around us from moment to moment, being present with whatever comes up without judging it right or wrong.
Listening to others speak
A formal practice of mindfulness includes a dedicated commitment of time, anywhere from one minute to 20 minutes or more once or twice a day.
Awareness of body sensations
“Mindfulness isn't difficult we just need to remember to do it.” (Sharon Salzberg)
Explore what works for you. Regularity is key!
What difference will I notice in my life if I practice mindfulness?
Practicing mindfulness will not eliminate all life’s challenges or cure all stressful situations. We improve our ability to calmly and objectively observe a situation, to consciously choose how we want to respond rather than react with habitual, constricted, and automatic responses. We also bounce back more quickly as our core becomes stronger.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Scientific studies show mindfulness practice is beneficial for managing stress,
difficulty coping with health problems, enhancing well-being and much more.
Scientific studies benefits:
Blood pressure normalizes
Heart rate slows
Immune function improves
Use oxygen more efficiently
Produce fewer stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol
Make more sex hormones particularly DHEA
Pituitary gland releases more growth hormone (an anti-aging chemical)
We also cultivate qualities such as empathy, kindness, gratitude, compassion.
What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? Mindfulness is meditation, while an informal practice of mindfulness is about noticing the interplay between us and our surrounding environment, formal mindfulness practice is about immersing our self in the in the space between our thoughts. With both, we are slowing down our thoughts becoming more aware of the present moment.