I’ve been practicing some form of mindfulness for the last 20 years, completed training with Jon Kabat-Zinn 12 years ago and began researching mindfulness. I began practicing mostly because I was so stressed out my physical body started giving me messages- very loud messages that it was time to do something different. It began with hypoglycemia, then a regular twitching in one eye, moving then both eyes. It soon moved to high cholesterol, regular migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. I was stressed from completing two graduate degrees simultaneously (one of them that required clinical competency), while trying to navigate a boyfriend that was cheating on me, and eventually a car accident that led to soft tissue damages in my back.
It was a lot. I started changing my diet, and learning meditation- and I started to feel better.
Then I moved to my first academic position, and while I still did meditation some, I hadn’t really figured out how to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life. I was busy and still really stressed. This is when I found yoga and how to still the mind during movement, and began to get curious about how to bring awareness of the present moment into the everyday. This lead to training and retreats and feeling soooo much better. I couldn’t believe how much better I could feel incorporating these simple changes into my life.
Being here. Now. In the present. Not caught in stories of what has happened in the past, or what might happen in the future. That’s the basic definition and while it is simple, it can be challenging to achieve. That’s why we are here together. To learn how to take this relatively simple concept and begin to apply it to your life.
Homework: Come to the Facebook group and let me know what your experience is with mindfulness, and why you wanted to take this class.