“Mindfulness” is everywhere these days
The way mindfulness is talked about these days, it’s starting to sound like a cure for everything under the sun. But what is mindfulness, really?
In short, mindfulness is a way of paying attention and being present in the moment, without judgement or distraction. For some this conjurs an image of a perfectly calm person sitting on a mat in perfect peace and quiet. That sounds nice, but that’s not realistic for most people. Luckily, no mat is required for mindfulness, nor is peace and quiet! Mindfulness is a state of awareness that can be practiced anywhere, any time. No equipment necessary. And it doesn’t have to be perfect, either. As mindfulness teachers like to say, “That’s why they call it a practice.”
Mindfulness in modern life
So many of my students come to my classes with anxiety, a sense that they’re missing out on life, or a vague feeling they just don’t know how to slow down anymore. Others feel like their relationships are a little flat these days. Some are experiencing illness or pain, and their usual ways of coping are coming up short. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone … you’re in good company. Modern life moves fast and there is a lot to take in. How do we live fully in a busy world like this one?
A mindfulness practice can enhance our emotional and physical well-being, and help us be present for relationships in our lives. The tools of mindfulness can help us weather life’s challenges.
Inviting mindfulness into your life
Finding an experienced teacher is a good first step. There are hundreds of online apps these days that have guided meditations, alarms, chimes, and reminders of every sort. And some of them are pretty good. But most of us instinctively know that deepening our relationship with our authentic selves is not going to happen just because we clicked a button a certain number of times in a day. We need a guide who can help us root a rewarding practice in our everyday lives.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Is an Evidence-Based Curriculum
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR for short, will give you experience in using many different tools of mindfulness that can be available to you in any situation. No matter what you’re facing, MBSR classes can be a good fit for you.. If you have taken a hiatus from your own meditation practice, or always wished you could make it stick, MBSR is the support that can make the difference.
MBSR can also be a powerful adjunct to therapy or medical treatment, and has proven beneficial for chronic pain, various health conditions, or just simply “living the full catastrophe” of a modern stressful life! This class was developed 40 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and has been researched extensively.
How long is the class and what do I need to do?
The Fall MBSR class is eight weeks, with a two hour class every week. There is also a day-long retreat later in the course where we put our new skills into practice together. The free orientation is a prerequisite for joining the class, and is a great opportunity to find out everything you need to know about what the full course is like.
I am happy to answer any additional questions you might have.
MBSR Application / Registration Form
If you are interested in signing up for MBSR, feel free to download the application form, one of the requirements for the class. (You can also get one at the orientation.)