Mindful Awareness teaches a way of learning to relate directly with skill to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.
In this way, Mindfulness brings us into accord with our own inner capacity to cultivate and experience a sense of well-being regardless of what the circumstances of our lives may bring.
People come to Mindfulness Meditation for reasons as diverse as...
- Stress — job, family or financial
- Chronic pain and illness
- Anxiety and panic
- GI distress
- Sleep disturbances
- High blood pressure
Life is stressful . . .
Adapted from a wisdom practice that has developed for over 2500 years, Mindfulness Meditation is clinically proven to reduce stress and increase well-being.
Stress is at the root of most of our modern afflictions. We all suffer from it whether aware of it or not. Physical and emotional imbalance is either brought on or exacerbated by stress. How often have you heard or said, "I'm stressed out" as a common reply to "how are you?" Many of us even use it as a badge of honor. Children now say it with as much gravity as any adult.
Mindfulness practice is a system that develops and sustains the tools which cultivate health and well-being in our bodies, relationships and the world. If you practice this course sincerely, it will be the most difficult and yet the most rewarding thing you will ever do in your life.
. . . there is another way.
An invitation to greater happiness, health and well-being!
Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness practice is intended to ignite this inner capacity for healing by infusing your life with a wise and compassionate awareness.
Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
They are sent by their doctors or they are self-referred. Many enroll because, although they are feeling well physically, they say the pace of their lives is “out of control” or they’re “just not feeling quite right.”
Our basic mindfulness program consists of eight weekly classes and a one day retreat (on a weekend).
Highly participatory, supportive, and structured, this program will provide you with:
- guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices;
- gentle stretching and mindful yoga;
- group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life;
- individually tailored instruction;
- daily home assignments;
- and home practice materials including guided mindfulness practice CDs and a workbook.
The program is challenging and life-affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging experiential learning environment. They will assist you in learning these methods, providing both group and individualized instructions and directions for how to learn, practice, and integrate mindfulness into your everyday life.
- Mindfulness Research References - For those who like to "go to the source", this page lists over 60 scientific articles demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness meditation programs and mindfulness.
- Psychological Inquiry An International Journal for the Advancement of Psychological Theory - Mindfulness: Theoretical Foundations and Evidence for its Salutary Effects; by Kirk Warren Browna - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; Richard M. Ryan - University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; J. David Creswell - University of California, Los Angeles, California.
- Psychosomatic Medicine - Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation - Medical Abstract on the effects of Mindfulness on brain function and the immune system.
- The UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center has compiled a Mindfulness Bibliography that lists over 94 pages of references to scientific studies on mindfulness. These references describe the benefits of mindfulness in a variety of areas, including pain, sleep, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
- Click here for research conducted by the University of Massachusetts Center For Mindfulness The home of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.