"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
Jon Kabat- Zinn
Groups and workshops cover a wide range of topics to help you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life and in the workplace:
Introduction to Mindfulness
Stress Reduction and Resilience
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What is mindfulness? Why be mindful?
Mindfulness is really just a fancy term for living in the present moment and connecting with your life. It’s not a technique—it’s a way of being. Mindfulness doesn’t take any particular effort—only the intention to pay attention in the present moment, without judgment. The truth is that we are only alive in this moment, and it is only now that we can engage with the world, communicate, and make decisions that guide the course of our lives.
Do I need to “practice” mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment. It is not really practiced, although we do often have to remind ourselves to return to a state of non-judgmental attention. With "practice,” it becomes easier to recognize when the mind has moved into unhelpful thinking states (ruminative thoughts, fantasies about the past or future, fearful states), and return again to the present: the feeling of your breath, temperature of the air, something that is real right now. Through embracing the actuality of the mind, body, heart, and present relationship with the world, we find new freedom to make “real-time” choices that align with our highest goals and aspirations.
Why would I want to be mindful of the moment during times of difficulty?
People often ask why it would be helpful to turn attention to the moment when that moment is difficult or painful. Though it is true that mindfulness and meditation allow space for difficult experiences to arise, this creates an opportunity to relate to them differently, to practice not identifying with them ("I am an angry person"), and instead observe them with compassionate curiosity ("this is what anger feels like right now"). In this way, we can re-process “stuck” emotions with a new healing presence. Simply by attending, we learn how to begin again, to open up to whatever is happening, to have compassion for ourselves instead of judgment, and to relate to discomfort very differently. We always have the opportunity to make skillful choices in the present moment, no matter how difficult the experience may be.
How can formal meditation (i.e. “sitting on the cushion”) help me to be more mindful in daily life?
Just as the flower blooms when the soil and conditions are right, formal meditation practice facilitates the cultivation of effortless awareness (i.e., mindfulness) in daily life. Thus, a regular meditation routine can be established to expand this capacity for awareness. Formal meditation practices include sitting, standing, walking and lying down. Each has a place at different times. For example, if you are feeling especially tired or low energy, it might be helpful to meditate while standing or walking, as opposed to sitting or lying down.
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Groups and Workshops
Mindfulness Meditation Recordings
Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Mindfulness for Beginners
When Things Fall Apart
Start Where You Are
The Places That Scare You
A Heart As Wide As The World
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, a 28-Day Program
The Trauma of Everyday Life
Going on Being
Thoughts Without a Thinker
Insight Meditation – The Practice of Freedom
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening