Mindfulness groups are designed to help individuals live their lives to the fullest, and to do so by actually living in THIS moment.
Mindfulness training group explores the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Goldman, Marsha Linehan, Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adyashanti, Donald Altman, and Michael Singer, among others.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally (not labeling things as good or bad) and without trying to control an outcome.
It can be practiced formally (engaging and making some time every day) or informally (letting the practice spill over into every aspect of your day-to-day life in a natural way).
Mindfulness enhances flexibility and adaptability. If an individual has felt stuck and frustrated by old habits, mindfulness skills promote methods for retraining the brain to get off auto-pilot. It decreases our reactivity and teaches us how to put on the breaks and slow down before acting on an impulse.
Mindfulness cultivates curiosity and and openness. It helps one explore the journey and the process, as opposed to being overly focused and worried about an outcome.
Mindfulness changes one’s relationship to self-critical and self-blaming thoughts, thus promoting greater patience, kindness, acceptance, and compassion towards oneself and others.
Mindfulness encourages greater fulfillment in daily life by increasing our focus on the present. We tend to spend most of our time in thoughts of the past or the future. This way of being creates feelings of anxiety and depression, and limits our experience of our life.