Mindfulness is the intention to pay attention to the present moment with a kindness and gentleness towards oneself. This course is for students who have some background in Mindfulness/Meditation practice. The course will include discussions on the benefits of living mindfully followed by specific practices to help be more present and more focused. Mindfulness practice provides a doorway or window into the opportunity to respond to situations rather than react. As the mind begins to slow down from the constant chatter, one recognizes a space between thoughts. That space allows for responding rather than reacting. One can begin to make choices that are more thoughtful …… choices concerning our communication with others (as well as with our self), priorities for our time and energy, and overall health benefits. Each of these benefits are a result of being more aware of what our mind is telling us, what our body is telling us.
We will be exploring healthy communication styles as well as investigating the Eight Pillars of Joy as presented in THE BOOK OF JOY by HH the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (You do not need to purchase the book, but it is a really good read!)