Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition
There are lots of ways to practice mindfulness in our everyday lives, our instructor Joann Calabrese provides the basics of this practice through a series of three workshops. Join us for the next one! Find workshops on our calendar of events. See our blog page for some great resources.
If you have an idea for a workshop that you’d like to see us offer in the future or if you’d like the Colorado Mental Wellness Network to facilitate a workshop for your staff, please contact us.