Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
- Carl Jung -
Have you heard of Mindfulness meditation but never really had the chance, the time or just the discipline to explore it?
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.
When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad.
Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Kabat-Zinn said that mindfulness is,
"paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment."
Mindfulness is also an attribute of consciousness long believed to promote well-being. Large population-based research studies have indicated that the construct of mindfulness is strongly correlated with well-being and perceived health. Studies have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry.
Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the 1970s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people who are experiencing a variety of psychological conditions. Mindfulness practice is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, such as bringing about reductions in depression symptoms,reducing stress, anxiety, and in the treatment of drug addiction.
It has gained worldwide popularity as a distinctive method to handle emotions.
Clinical studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general, and MBSR in particular. Programs based on MBSR and similar models have been widely adapted in schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and other environments.
Mindfulness is perfect for our crazy busy lives, our tight schedule and our highly demanding society, and on our retreats we can help you build its techniques into your daily lives