Mindfulness is being present. It is the practice of noticing our thoughts and then gently bringing our attention back to the present moment.
Our thoughts create our emotions and our thoughts are simply our own perception. When we become more aware of our thoughts we are better able to question those perceptions and in turn, regulate our emotions. Much of what we worry about it is based on our own imaginative thought. Most of our worries never actually happen, however our brain cannot differentiate between what is real and what we are thinking. Our emotions trigger various chemical reactions in our body, most notably the stress response. When we are in a constant state of worry, the stress response can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive issues, lowered metabolism, aches and pains, poor memory, etc.
A regular practice of mindful meditation can regulate the stress response, making it easier to cope with stressors. Being mindful of our thoughts throughout the day allows us to re-frame them in the moment, preventing long term worry and stress on our body and mind.
In the 8 week mindfulness workshop we follow the curriculum of Jon Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program that is taught all over the world. In each class we go over a mindfulness theme of the week as well as new meditation. You will receive a handout each week along with meditation audio files.
We also offer a 4 week version of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program as well. In this series we will cover all the curriculum of the 8 week course in a condensed version.
Both the 8 and 4 week courses are available in a group or individual setting.