What is mindfulness? – It is a lifelong practice.


This type of focus has been around for thousands of years and used by millions to help individuals stop, breath, and check into what is really going on within themselves; breaking the cycle of being on autopilot and habitual reaction, which often leads to regret.

This approach allows us to respond to ourselves, people around us, and the environment consciously and with intention.  It gives the ability to take responsibility over the choices we make and frees us from sleepwalking through life.

We have roughly 50,000 thoughts a day.  Which ones do we pay attention to?  Which ones are helpful?  Which ones are old habits and abusive that get in the way of truly being present and happy?

It is difficult to be mindful, but the end result is basically freedom from anxiety, depression, worry, comparison, and self doubt.  These thoughts will still come up but they will not have the power to control our moods and actions.  They are thoughts, habits; they pass.

Mindfulness helps us deal with life’s challenges in the moment with compassion and by not getting caught up in society’s expectations of what should make us happy.

Benefits of being mindful and using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Know how to deal with anxiety, depression, worry, in our everyday life
  • Become aware of the working of your mind
  • Learn to recognize patterns
  • Heal from the past with compassion for the pain you once felt
  • Learn to stay steady, but also to stand back a little
  • Recognize that you have choices other than slipping back into old patterns
  • Take a kinder, gentler attitude toward self.
  • Recognize warning signals and take helpful action.
  • Learn to put less effort into ‘fixing’ things.
  • Learn to focus on the here and now

We need the strength and guidance to truly be with the parts of ourselves we don’t like.  The parts of our history we don’t like.  We need to be with them, see them for what they are, and make friends with them.  This is not easy work.  It is life time commitment with the reward of becoming friends with all of who you are


“Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquility, nor is it attempting to be a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes”

Chongyam Trungpa


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