Who? Mindfulness Meditation is derived from the Buddhist Vipassana tradition, but was popularized in North America by John Kabat-Zinn, a Professor of Medicine who wanted to make these teachings more accessible to a Western audience. In particular, he saw the potential of these practices to help individuals managing chronic pain and depression, so he created the secular 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program to be used in medical settings. These evidenced-based practices provide the foundation for the classes offered at Green Thoughts Studio, in addition to Kristin Neff's powerful 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program.
Here is a helpful John Kabat-Zinn Video Series that outlines his life and work
And here is Kristin Neff describing her work in the TEDTalk The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
What? Mindfulness is an attitude. Different teachers define mindfulness in their own unique way, but essentially it is paying close attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity and care. When we meditate with a mindful attitude, we train ourselves to to observe carefully, to pause before responding, and to offer love when it is needed more of the time. Rather than reacting automatically, we realize that we always have a choice and can begin to create a more harmonious relationship with ourselves and others.
Why? Oh my, the evidence is overwhelming. I think we're all tripping over research at this point. Maybe it's time to just start practicing mindfulness. But in case you need more convincing here is a fun video!
When? Where? How? At Green Thoughts Studio! Drop in and get started. There's no better time than the present.