What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware in the present moment. Not only is this awareness of what’s happening, but you also have to approach the experience with loving kindness, acceptance, and non-judgment. When we practice mindfulness over time, our physical brain starts to change, and we learn to take a pause before reacting to a stimulus. These changes in the mind take time and practice, so it’s very important to know that this is not a one-time transformation where you receive a totally mindful mind the first time you learn about it. It must be actively cultivated again and again for the mind to change completely.
Why it is Important?
In a world that is increasingly filled with stress and stimulation, people are more focused on “doing” rather than “being”. It seems that this stress and pressure has caused depression and anxiety levels to rise, and people are less connected to each other than ever! This is exactly why mindfulness has started to become a popular tool for people to manage their stress and learn to properly take care of their mental health.
Although mindfulness is derived from Buddhists’ practices, it is not inherently religious or spiritual. Over the last 40 years, mindfulness has been clinically researched among many populations including children, adolescents, teachers, parents, and mental health patience. Overall, mindfulness is an effective practice to help manage stress and chronic pain, reduce anxiety and depression, and form stronger social-emotional connections with others.
Public Mindfulness Meditation:
Thursdays: 7:45-8:15pm @ Honor Yoga Washington
Mindfulness in Schools:
Mindful Cora offers a variety of different workshops, professional development, class series, and private sessions on mindfulness to children and adults using the Mindful Schools curriculum. With the collaboration of the specific school or context, Mindful Cora designs a custom workshop or class series. If you are interesting in learning more about bringing mindfulness to children or your community, please reach out to Cora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindfulness for Senior Citizens:
It’s never too late to begin a mindfulness practice! With old age usually comes with a deteriorating body and mind. Just as you would exercise your body, it’s important to exercise the mind! Mindfulness is the perfect practice for this and can improve longevity. Mindfulness can provide several other benefits for senior citizens including pain management techniques, improve sleep quality, and create a more positive outlook. Teaching mindfulness practices to senior citizens works best with regular classes or 6 to 8 week class series. If you are interested in learning more about bringing mindfulness to senior citizens, please reach out to Cora at email@example.com.
Mindfulness Meditation 4 Week Series:
This is a 4-week introduction to mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment with thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgement and with loving-kindness. Mindfulness can help people manage stress, improve overall health, and achieve a more calm and relaxed mood. In these classes, you will learn the fundamental practices of mindfulness such as mindful breathing, mindful walking, and loving-kindness practices. In addition, you will learn the basic science behind these brain-changing meditation exercises! You do not need to have any previous experience with mindfulness meditation; beginners are welcome!