The Mindful Life Program (MLP) is a comprehensive mindfulness program that integrates the four key areas of mindfulness:
Attention – Wisdom – Values – An Open Heart
Co-founded by John Bruna and Mark Molony, the Mindful Life Program offerings empower you to engage in the moments of your life with attention and intention, thus helping you create a meaningful life that is in accordance with your values.
In this busy, multitasking world, we are often stressed, tired and have difficulty finding inner peace, joy and meaning in our lives. The practice of mindfulness provides you with the tools to cultivate inner peace and the ability to make healthy choices. Instead of being caught up in distractions, thoughts, worries, and life’s daily activity list, simply reacting to the events of the day, mindfulness empowers you to cultivate attention so you have more choice about how to respond to life and initiate change.
With the MLP approach, mindfulness is much more than learning to be present in the moment. It is the ability to to be present with clarity and discernment; it is the ability to experience life (events, people, thoughts and emotions) consciously and respond with wisdom. The MLP approach helps to bring wisdom into the moments of your life; it helps you to recognize unhealthy habits and tendencies and cultivate the ability to make healthy choices that are in alignment with your values. Our mindfulness programs help you develop clarity, mental and emotional balance all toward leading a meaningful life.
Secular mindfulness programs in the United States have been booming in recent years. This increasing popularity has unfortunately produced a variety of teachings that dilute and misunderstand this important philosophy and approach to living. Mindfulness is often reduced to concentration exercises and a simplistic definition of being aware of the present moment. In many secular presentations of mindfulness, it is taken out of the rich context of the Three Higher Trainings (ethics, concentration, and wisdom) of Buddhism in which it was originally taught. The Mindful Life Program mission is to maintain the substance of the entire teaching with a program that is universally accessible to people of all spiritual traditions or no spiritual tradition.
Drawing from years of training, personal practice and application in daily life, MLP provides participants with skills that are practical, accessible, and universal.
*Practical – Our methods are effective and can be put into practice right away.
*Accessible – Information is clearly presented with tangible examples that make sense.
*Universal – Everyone can benefit from mindfulness regardless of your cultural, economic, religious or spiritual background.
Mindful Life Program offerings include a wide variety of courses, workshops, retreats, staff trainings, and our unique, online Mindful Life Community. We also offer an intensive year-long mindfulness teacher certification program. Our Foundations Course is offered for a wide audience in the form a 20-hour curriculum. We offer specific programs for educators, mental health professionals, recovery programs and professionals, corporations and more. Programs are currently offered across the U.S., in Canada and in Australia.
With deep roots in ancient wisdom and contemplative cultures, mindfulness is now recognized by modern psychology and science as a proven method to manage stress, improve attention, and acquire emotional and mental balance. Additionally, it provides many health-enhancing benefits like reducing physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, relieving physical complaints like headaches, and even enhancing immunity to illness and improving health recovery. Ultimately, mindfulness increases one’s ability to have a calm and stable mind so you are able to effectively respond in a beneficial way to challenges that arise in your life.