What is Mindfulness?
"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Learn skills that can increase your ability to:
Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life
Control emotions like anxiety, fear and anger with grace and composure
Positively change 6 areas of your life: relationships, energy, body, brain, career, financial issues
Be fully present and alive in this moment
Why Should I Try Mindfulness?
There is probably something that drew you to this program that made it seem like a good idea. For example, you may wake up in the middle of the night with worries and concerns that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, or you may be dealing with health issues and you’ve heard that mindfulness can help you deal with them, or you may have trouble concentrating, or you may simply want to increase your ability to be present and fully engaged in life, to accept more fully yourself/others, just as you/they are.
You are invited to join our group mindfulness class that meets once a week in my office at Peaceful Mind Therapy. In this format, you have an opportunity to share with others and to get questions answered by me or other members of the class (some of which have been practicing mindfulness for a while). Joing a group is optional and costs less than individual sessions. The total for all 8 weeks is $120. That comes to about $15 per class - about the cost of one individual session! Our next group class starts July 1st - Mondays at 6pm
I incorporate mindfulness in just about all sessions. It is a great coping skill and helps the mind relax and feel safe in sessions and after. You can also ask for mindfulness as your therapeutic approach in individual sessions. This can be beneficial especially if difficult feelings or unpleasant memories arise at any point in your mindul experiences. Just let your therapist know your intention and work to create a safe space where these feelings can be safely processed.
You will be asked to practice mindfulness exercises every day and each week introduces a new set of practices. You will have handouts and practice sheets for each week. It will also be a new practice to set an intention for each day when you take just a few minutes to bring a special awareness into some of your daily activities. At the end of each day, you will be asked to reflect on the day for a few minutes using the Informal practice sheet as a guide. This help you become aware of the natural benefits of mindfulness in your life.