Mindfulness Meditation is an enriching practice of heart, dignity, respect, joy and compassion. It is easy to learn and is user friendly.

Mindfulness can best be described as non-evaluative and non-elaborative attention, observation and awareness of one’s current experience.

Grow-Aware-OverviewThis means we have the capacity to learn how to observe ourselves without reacting to this observation. Practicing this over time results in what we call the ability to abide with what is and relax our tendency to react to what we might be grasping towards or pushing away. Our neural pathway’s job is to learn to adapt to new information. Our pathways are very capable of accepting change and taking on new code, so to speak. If we, the person we think we are, can learn to do the same, then we are helping ourselves adapt to the ever constant learning curve called change.

Those who have learned these subtle and enriching practices can attest to how it brings a sense of openness, calmness and ability to manage every day stressors differently, and   with greater ease.  By turning our attention to what we are experiencing in the present moment we are cultivating emotional balance revealing our innate intelligence. Our capacity stretches to encompass more, in all directions.

When we sit in meditation we begin to feel and realize we can be with ourselves, despite everything, wholeheartedly.

What seemed like overwhelm one minute is embraced with kind curiosity the next as to how we ever got so worked up. We are human and emotions and our stories will arise. How we work with them is the art of mindfulness and meditation. We can flow with changes, since resistance is so much harder.

The awareness practices we engage in help calm our chattering mind, our congested nervous systems, our entangled emotions and heart, and our tense body settle to a place of rest and restoration. With this comes clarity, a greater sense of honoring ourselves and others  differently and a confidence that this is trustworthy. When we cultivate this skill of creating equanimity within we can begin to tap into the insight and intelligence which naturally resides within us. We can then begin to see the role we play in our own experiences. Our internal integration of our mind, body and heart is now better understood, and our confidence is reawakened.

The main mindfulness practices come from the Buddhist meditation tradition of Vipassana, meaning insight. The meditations are meant to calm and stabilize ourselves so we can see more deeply with insight into the causes of our beliefs about our stressors and the alternatives to it. We can come to realize how our physical and emotional maladies can be managed differently, from insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches, depression, anxiety and more. Blending the theoretical views   and experiential practices create experiences which are the seeds of insight, understanding, transformation and wisdom.

The approach is simple yet sophisticated as we embody each moment through the five senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and seeing.

Breathing is a physical  tactile sensation we feel one breath at a time.  We also include the process of thinking and emotions along with these five senses and breathing to ground ourselves since these naturally are occurring in all of us every day.

Mindfulness 101:

This training is perfect for beginners without experience, those wanting to repeat the training to build your practice again and those wanting to deepen and expand their experience with their practice. The training is well-rounded so it is suitable for each person, for any stage you are in currently.

The topics covered in the trainings  are working with change and acceptance, seeing things as they are, freeing ourselves from indiscriminate judgment of self and others, learning how to flow more than resist, emotional and attention  regulation, calming our chattering and cluttered minds, unwinding our tense bodies,  and freeing our congested and constricted hearts and heartbreaks. Balancing the stressors of work, family, relationships and the unpredictable changes as we change in relationship to these stressors. We begin to see how responding versus reacting is more empowering and changes the dynamic between reactivity and the stress we experience.

This is all a process and each day is an opportunity to plant the seeds of mindfulness.

Practicing is watering these seeds and tending to them. In turn we are tending to ourselves and others with greater patience and kindness. We slowly begin to experience our relationship to our life and its challenges differently and with greater wisdom.