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If it’s time to return to your true and authentic self, to the person you are. I invite you to discover what Mindfulness can bring to your life. You already have all the tools necessary.
Are you ready to relieve stress, improve your overall wellbeing and start living in the present?
Do you find
yourself saying . . .
I’m tired of being tired
I don’t know who I am anymore
I can’t slow down or focus
Why am I so reactive
I struggle making decisions
I feel the harder I try, the more I fail
The Latest News on Mindfulness
What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health
By Carolyn L. Todd | September 11, 2018
Mindfulness meditation is one wellness trend that shows no signs of disappearing. But what does the science say?
You know you should meditate. You’ve probably had plenty of friends tell you so and seen plenty of headlines about the benefits of meditation. It makes you happier, healthier, calmer, glowier, smarter, younger, nicer—a generally better human, or so you’ve heard. Read More…
What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where I received my Qualified Teacher training, says mindfulness is “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Qualities of mindfulness include intention, attention and attitude. They are not separate, but are employed simultaneously. Mindfulness takes effort much like using physical exertion to enhance the body.
Mindfulness uses the regulation of attention in order to maintain it in the present moment approaching one’s experiences with curiosity, openness and acceptance regardless of whether the experience is pleasant, neutral or unpleasant. Mindfulness is typically developed in formal meditation practices, such as sitting, walking or mindful movement (yoga).
Mindfulness is not a tool to be brought out when needed, it is a way of being to be cultivated daily regardless of current conditions.
What is Meditation?
Meditation develops mindfulness through practices such as sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful movement (yoga). Meditation focuses attention on the experience of thoughts, emotions and body sensations observing them without judgment as they arise and pass away. So the meditator’s goal is to simply maintain attention to current internal and external experiences holding a non-judgmental view with acceptance, curiosity and openness. Meditation is the bones on which the body of mindfulness is supported.
Mike began his mindfulness journey in 2013 with his entry into Yoga as a way to deal with the stress of modern life. After finding some relief while on the yoga mat, he became more interested in developing the calm he found during yoga practice and wanted to incorporate it into his daily life. Mike participated in a Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class in April 2016 at the UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness and completed the 8 week course. At that point he began the journey to becoming a Mindful Based Stress Reduction Teacher.
Mike applied and was accepted into the UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness teacher training path in the Spring of 2016 he completed the MBSR Fundamentals course in June 2017 totaling 123 hours over 8 weeks, completed a 5 day and 7 day silent retreat (288 hours) approved by the UMASS Center for Mindfulness, completed the Practice Teaching Intensive (92 hours) in September of 2017 and Group Supervision 40 hours for new teachers June 2018 and is now a “Qualified” MBSR teacher through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness.
Mike has worked professionally for over 30 years in the field of Environmental Health and Safety in both the private and public sectors in inspection, training, program development, regulatory interpretation and licensing. Mike’s real-world experience working with all levels and types of businesses and people, including field crews, project managers, engineers, small business owners, corporations and government agencies has left Mike with a unique and diverse understanding of the issues people face in their daily lives. Most recently Mike took a second job as an Adjunct Lecturer at a local Community College teaching food safety and sanitation to culinary arts students giving him an insight into the education profession.
Mike hopes to apply his down to earth, pragmatic and plain talk approach to life to open up and expose individuals and organizations to Mindfulness and the many applications it offers in our daily lives.