Group meets Wednesday mornings 10-11am led by Liz Hale-Rose, LCSW . This group is free with a $10 donation appreciated.
Is your mind often filled with worries about the future or anxieties about the past? Do you feel like you can’t live in the present? Would you like to be free to live according to your own beliefs? Would you like to deepen your ability to consciously participate in your own life?
Are you willing to actively engage in your own health and well-being?
Mindfulness training and mindfulness-based counseling come from a variety of contemplative traditions throughout history. These practices put you in touch with your mind and body to restore a sense of balance, improve your sense of well-being and enrich your enjoyment of life. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and can be implemented in daily life, by people of any age, profession or background.
In the last 10 years, significant research has shown mindfulness to address health issues and helps to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, fostering well-being and less emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.
It is a challenge to notice what is going on in our minds because it brings us into direct contact with our anxieties, our judgments, and our vulnerabilities. We come to see the often automatic nature of our thinking, which can take us into worrying about the future or reliving the past. But as we develop mindful awareness and we adopt a compassionate present moment way of observing the contents of our minds, we come to see what attitudes are helpful for kind and skillful interactions and which can cause problems. Grounded more and more in mindfulness, our minds are free to respond skillfully to any given situation.