Living Mindfully – A New Year of Opportunities
A free talk to start the New Year
With the beginning of a new year, we often think of it as a fresh start, a chance to be who we really want to be. Being happy usually tops the list, with the wish to be free of mental suffering in its multiple varieties and to focus on developing healthy habits following. In order to make progress like this, we need both clear intentions and attention, which is the basis of living mindfully.
Laura Bartels, Executive Director, and John Bruna, Co-founder of the Mindful Life Program in Carbondale, will talk about how developing the four key areas of mindfulness—attention, values, wisdom and an open heart—can transform your life. Join them on January 3 at 5 pm for this free talk entitled “Living Mindfully – A New Year of Opportunities” followed by a time for questions.
By far, one of the biggest obstacles to finding inner peace and developing our highest potential is the inability to direct our attention where we would like, to our intentions for the day or to those activities that are meaningful for us. Through mindfulness, we can consciously train our mind and develop the ability to direct it where we would like and attend to what we choose to attend to. If we don’t train our mind, it can endlessly drag us from one thought to another, compulsively drawing our attention away from what we are presently doing and from what we would like to be thinking about. How much of each day are we able to actually be in the present moment? If our minds aren’t in the present, then we cannot consciously bring our intention to our days. So much of our life goes by without actually being present in the moment.
Bruna says, “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.”
At its core, mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moments of our lives, attending to them with wisdom and clarity, being able to initiate actions and respond to whatever arises in ways that are meaningful to us and healthy. The first step is learning to pay attention in our own lives.
Researchers report that a wandering mind can be a detriment to being happy. With mindfulness being an antidote to a wandering mind, as well as a mind that is obsessively thinking, compulsively drawing away our attention and telling us stories that we know aren’t reality, it’s no wonder that mindfulness has become the fastest growing area of the mental health field and garnered increasing interest for corporations, caregivers, educators and more.
The Mindful Life Program offers courses such as the Mindfulness Foundations Course starting January 5th, that offer practical, accessible and universal skills to live a meaningful life. Learn more about upcoming courses and programs at www.mindfullifeprogram.org.
For directions or questions about the talk on Jan. 3, contact the Mindful Life Program at 970-633-0163 or at [email protected].