The Mindful Life Program (MLP), co-founded by John Bruna and Mark Molony, bringing their rich and broad experiences and training, is a comprehensive mindfulness program that integrates the four key areas of mindfulness.
The Mindful Life Program offerings empower you to engage in the moments of your life with attention and intention, creating a meaningful life according to 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 is very accessible and provides you with the tools to cultivate inner peace and the ability to make healthy choices. Instead of being caught up in distraction, thoughts, worries, and life’s daily activity list, reacting to the events of the day, mindfulness empowers you to cultivate attention which creates more choice and the ability to initiate and respond to life.
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 – to be able to experience life (events, people, thoughts and emotions) consciously and respond with wisdom. Mindfulness includes and facilitates the ability to bring wisdom into the moments of your life, recognizing unhealthy habits and tendencies and cultivating the ability to make healthy choices that are in alignment with your values and the life you define as meaningful. Our mindfulness programs help you develop clarity, mental and emotional balance and lead a meaningful life that is in alignment with your inner values.
Secular mindfulness programs in the United States have been exploding in recent years. The 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, or even most, 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 as a program that is 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 – methods are effective and can be put into practice right away.
Accessible – clearly presented with tangible examples that make sense.
Universal – is an inclusive program that can benefit anyone regardless of their culture, religion, spiritual path or philosophy. Everyone can benefit from mindfulness – regardless of your cultural, economic, or spiritual background.
The Mindful Life Program offerings include a wide variety of courses, workshops, retreats, staff trainings and our unique Mindful Life Community in addition to a year-long mindfulness teacher certification program. Our Foundations Course is offered for a wide audience in the form a 16 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., Canada and in Australia.
With deep roots in the 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 symptoms of stress and anxiety, relieving physical complaints like headaches, and even enhancing immunity to illness and improved health recovery. Ultimately, mindfulness increases ones ability to have a calm and stable mind that is able to effectively respond in a beneficial way to challenges that arise in life.
“Every moment, every breath, is a new opportunity. An opportunity to let go of the past and to become the person you choose to be.” John Bruna
“What you water grows – wouldn’t it be better to water the flowers of love and kindness instead of the weeds of anger and hatred?” John Bruna
“Patience is an action and a skill to be cultivated. It actually solves more problems than most other actions.” John Bruna