WHAT IT IS
Originating in Eastern traditions but popularized in the West by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Meditation is known for its particular ability to bring your focus to the present moment. The term “mindfulness” has recently become a bit of a buzzword, but it has roots in ancient Buddhist tradition. It is a translation of the term “sati” (in the Pali language which is native to India). And, similar to its intention in Buddhism, mindfulness can lead to a minimization of suffering – however you as an individual may define that – and bring you closer to enlightenment. It is an awakening, a tapping into an innate ability to more deeply and perceptively look inward, and in turn see the world around us through a more vivid lens.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Mindfulness Meditation can have nuances that vary across teachers and students. There is no best approach, only the one that is right for you. Sometimes, a focus may be drawn to your breath, a different part of your body, or a simple object in front of you. Your teacher will guide you through techniques to improve your ability to clear your mind of all else, and how to return to the present moment if your thoughts begin to wander.
Practice mindfulness to know and understand yourself better, and carry the teachings of Mindfulness Meditation with you beyond your active meditation sessions. Mindfulness increases awareness – and greater self-awareness can generate greater compassion and presence. By enhancing our ability to be fully present and awake in the “now”, we can feel and be freer and live life more fully and authentically by letting go of that which does not matter, and holding onto only what does.
"Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that." – Jon Kabat-Zinn