This meet up is for new and experienced mindfulness meditation practitioners who wish to deepen their study and practice of meditation. It is facilitated by Jen Johnson, mindfulness teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Coach and founder of Everyday Mindful. Jen has 30+ years of experience teaching mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness classes, retreats, and online courses, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Please visit everydaymindful.com for more information.
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without clinging to it, without turning away or trying to escape it and without wanting it to be otherwise. It is a practice of meeting each moment with acceptance, nonjudgment, kindness, and friendliness. When we practice mindfulness, we are able to fully experience the present moment instead of getting caught in ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Practicing mindfulness meditation has had such a profound impact on my life that I feel passionate about teaching it to others as a practice for decreasing physical and emotional suffering and increasing peace, well-being and joy.
Research indicates that practicing mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of your brain and result in increased awareness, attention, compassion, peace, and well-being and decreased emotional reactivity. Practicing mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and symptoms of a number of medical conditions including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue.
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that can lead you on a beautiful and profound journey toward self-awareness and self-compassion. When you see yourself clearly, you have the freedom to choose something different than your habitual patterns. Practicing mindfulness meditation can help you to meet your life experiences with greater acceptance and less reactivity, thus resulting in greater peace, happiness and well-being.
Life is a beautiful journey. Practicing meditation can help you to be more present to enjoy it!