Connect with the CALM within
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Being Present with whatever arises moment-to-moment-to-moment, with open and appreciative receptivity.
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose to moment-to-moment awareness in a non-judgmental way, as defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn (2013). Mindfulness is a way of being – a personal and regular practice of being in the awareness of the present moment to enhance our well-being. It is a gentle practice that invites curiosity and self-compassion towards attending to our own body and observing the nature of the mind, which is usually responsible for much of our emotional pain and suffering. This allows us the power of choice, rather than being on auto-pilot and making the same choices while having different intentions.
Mindfulness also trains the mind to work with distractions and focus better, and allows us to gain clarity of the cause of our problems. It helps us develop greater acceptance towards challenges, change our relationship to stress, and increase positive emotions.
More and more research are being done on mindfulness, with some suggesting that mindfulness, when practiced regularly, changes the brain over time by increasing the density of gray matter in brain areas associated with memory and learning, emotional regulation and empathy.
Cultivate compassion for yourself.
"One of the biggest benefits of self-compassion is that it doesn’t just help you
cope with negative emotions – it actively generates positive emotions.
– the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook Kristin Neff PhD and Chris Germer PhD
Online via Zoom
Saturday mornings, 10 am to 12:30 EST.
April 24 - June 12, 2021
Gagan Vasudeva and Jennifer Ayes
This course delivers all the benefits of the 8-week MSC course, including a half-day retreat in a safe, live, virtual space. Gagan and Jennifer bring their experience, support, caring and guidance as well as creating a sense of community as you participate, developing new and beneficial life skills. This event is for anyone over the age of 18 wishing to become kinder to themselves, anyone wanting
to truly nourish and care for themselves,
to enhance their compassion for not only themselves but also others.
to practice self-compassion in daily life
to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
to transform challenging relationships, old and new
to manage caregiver fatigue
to practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
There is evidence now that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress. It is helpful in managing caregiver fatigue, dealing with difficult emotions, gaining greater emotional resilience and a richer life experience including personal relationships.