This is a group for anyone interested in learning about the benefits of mindfulness, and wishes to experience mindfulness practices through meditation classes, mindfulness classes, and especially the magical mindful experience of expressive arts.
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness, simply put, is learning to train your mind to stay present with feelings and experiences. Jon Kabat-Zinn (the creator of MBSR at UMASS) has defined it as:"the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.” Mindfulness practices can be applied to any experience: sensations in the body, emotional experience, thoughts, sights or sounds. The quality of the attention is MORE IMPORTANT than the object of attention. There is a lot of research from major universities regarding the benefits of mindfulness and neuroplasticity - you can change your brain!
What is expressive art? Expressive art is the practice of freeing your creativity and YES - everyone is creative! This is not "crafting" which requires you to complete a project or demands perfectionism. It gets you in touch with you and it is the joy of creating for the sake of creating. This is about pure joyful expression and PLAY. Here we eliminate the paralyzing effects of judgement, criticism and perfectionism.
Just a note - this is NOT a group where mindfulness practice is based on Buddhism, though mindfulness studies have the origins in Buddhist philosophy. People of ALL religions and all backgrounds benefit from mindfulness. This group is based on the scientific research of mindfulness practices through universities such as UMASS, UCSD, UCLA and more. This group specifically covers mindfulness + creativity, an area of study that is finally starting to emerge and one I study! Being actively creative is a wonderful way to effortlessly be in the present moment.
I am studying advanced mindfulness training at UCLA. I am an artist whose work has been published in the US and internationally and I teach art to children, who never fear creating for the fun of it!
My fundamental belief is that CREATIVITY is your gift from the Universe / God and how you express it is your gift to the world - and EVERY act is an act of creativity because you are constantly creating your life.
My personal vision for this group is a safe and joyful place to get together, be present and express our own authenticity - and to express ourselves creatively while enjoying the present moment together.
Classes will be held at my studio, Create Space Mindfulness & Expressive Arts Studio in Tempe. You can sign up for classes and keep up with what's happening at www.createspacestudio.com