What could be more important than learning to experience ourselves as whole and as the essence of Love?
Simply put, mindfulness is the art of being fully alive with ourselves and with each other in every moment.
As we cultivate mindfulness we become aware of our thoughts, habits and speech and the suffering they may cause to ourselves and to others. With mindfulness we cultivate wisdom and compassion which enables us to make healthier choices. Mindfulness is about being present. It is about navigating whatever Life presents—when to slow down, when to let go, when to draw boundaries, when to ‘do’ and when to ‘be’. —Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The benefits of meditation are well-documented and applications of mindfulness practice are burgeoning in the areas of sports, medicine, mental health, counselling, education and business.
Mindfulness improves your sense of well-being, physical health, and mental health. Harvard Medical School’s guide to the benefits of meditation is available here to read.
It has become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioural therapy. This development makes good sense, since both meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts.
I began meditating in 1990. Since 2001 I have studied and practiced Buddhist psychology and meditation extensively. I am passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness. I offer personal mindfulness training and group sessions. Please see Workshops for upcoming classes and events.
I am a facilitator for the BCALM Art of Living Mindfully program, an 8-week course grounded in mindfulness-based strategies to manage stress.