Join a group of conscious gay identified MEN (queer, bi, trans also welcome) for various diverse meet ups.
We'll explore healthy eating, being out in nature, socializing outside the bars, and diving into a deeper conversation about mindfulness and wellbeing. Some events we have run in the past include cooking demos, hikes, healthy food picnics/potlucks, science based mindfulness practices (not affiliated with any eastern or western religions), art & culture, and so much more.
Curious about what exactly mindfulness is?
“Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention to what is happening now, both in and outside of your personal experience.” While many associate mindfulness with yoga and even more so with meditation, the reality is that mindfulness is a human capacity that is available everywhere and to everyone.
Yoga and meditation are just two techniques to strengthen our mindfulness muscle, but we can also practice in the way we eat, speak, track our thoughts, in relationship, through nature, and in our daily work life.
“Mindfulness utilizes practices that increase attention span, amplify focus, build resiliency to stress and promote empathy.” Some synonyms of mindfulness include awareness, alertness, attention, concentration, curiosity, consideration, diligence, focus, interest, listening, presence, tuning-in and watchfulness. All of these qualities can be explored through even a few minutes of practice three to four times a week.
“Mindfulness involves waking up, being fully alive, and being present for the richness of each moment.”
Modern culture has many elements to celebrate and at the same time we have also created societies and consequently people who are overwhelmed, chronically stressed, and disconnected from the intelligence of the natural world.
Our senses are often assaulted 24/7 by pinging smart phones, tweets, emails, marketing and other life distractions which split attention and prevent any sense of space.
As a result we are on a constant quest for the new, different and exciting, in order to maintain a slightly addictive overstimulated state. Many people struggle with a nervous system that has kicked into a chronic state of hyper-arousal leading to higher occurrences of anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight problems, lowered immunity and autoimmune dysfunction.
Our ability to manage stress and develop skills of resilience is going to be one of the most important aspects of advancing human health now and well into the future, and this is where mindfulness comes in.