Expert Contributor : Dr. Raman Chawla
In the words of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Father of Modern Mindfulness, Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose without judgment. Mindfulness works in conjunction with attention and awareness. Being Mindful is being aware that one is aware of the present moment. Just as we need to exercise regularly to maintain our physical well-being, Mindfulness provides us with the tools to exercise our mental well-being. The practice of Mindfulness has the potential to become a lifelong companion and ally. Especially during the difficulties, we may be experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, our mental and physical well-being is an absolute necessity.
There are formal and informal Mindfulness Practices.
With the formal practices such as Awareness of Breath, Sitting Meditation, Mindful Walking, we intentionally cultivate certain attitudinal factors: patience, beginner’s mind, non-judging, non-striving, acceptance and letting go. These constitute the major pillars of Mindfulness Practice as taught in the evidence based 9-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Program initiated by Dr. Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979.
The informal Mindfulness practices are how we live our lives everyday: Mindful eating, Mindful consumption, Mindful communication, Mindful relationships etc.
At Mindfulness at Centrepointe we offer the 9-week MBSR program and a variety of programs, including Mindfulness and Meditation group practices, Mindful Teens Program, Customized Mindfulness workshops.
Please visit our website www.mindfulnessatcentrepointe.com for further details about our teachers and programs. As well, we have a Mindfulness at Centrepointe Facebook page on which we have been offering live meditation sessions since April to the community. Please check our Facebook page for future sessions and updates.