Calgary Mindfulness: The Power of Mindfulness, Stress Reduction through Mindful Living


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Do you want to meditate, but feel you don’t have time or can not sit still for more than 2 minutes. Do you need methods for reducing stress in your life and increasing energy? Do you long for time and space to experience inner peace and harmony with yourself and your world? Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or anxious? Do you experience symptoms associated with high stress levels, including weight gain, illness, mild depression, or fatigue?

This is an opportunity to come and learn how The Power of Mindfulness Stress Reduction through Mindful Living can address the negative impact that stress is having on your life and regain your health, energy, and clarity. You will learn how intentional focused awareness and mindful daily living can address the issues that cause you stress, enhancing your resiliency, preventing the illness, and improving the quality of your life.

What is The Power of Mindfulness Stress Reduction through Mindful Living?

The Power of Mindfulness is Medicine as one develops moment to moment intentional focused awareness. It is being fully awake as we cultivate our innate ability to pay attention to what our experience is in this moment without striving or judging, but rather with a relaxed state of awareness as we connect with our life in a very direct way where we become aware of living in and with our body, and the inner world of feelings, sensations, thoughts, emotions and moods. With intentional focused awareness and a willingness to face what is arising in the body and mind we are able to learn to be kinder, more compassionate and less reactive in life situations. Mindfulness has been described as simple – but not easy - and is a tool to help the uncovering of our unconditional health and well-being.

Mindfulness is a way to learn how to deal with the constant changes in life’s situations and our reactions to them. This is developing peace of mind not dependent on external supports. Mindfulness stops the habitual autopilot driven modes of activity and allows us to see ourselves, others, and information more clearly understanding the situation more holistically allowing us to choose more effective and relevant solutions to our problems. Basically it allows the individual to take charge of their life and become more responsible in the management of their health, vitality and healing.

The History:
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) began in 1979 as the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The program was featured in the Bill Moyer’s PBS documentary Healing and the Mind , on NBC Dateline, on ABC Chronicle, and CBC Newsworld, and is subject of the best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of the Body and Mind to Face Stress.
This program has been brought into groups as diverse as hospital patients, CEOs, educators, public school students, attorneys, judges, correctional staff and prison inmates, members of the clergy, Olympic and professional athletes.

Why would one come to take this program?
One of the biggest reason is the health benefit of stress reduction.

If you have any medical conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, gastrointestional problems, cancer, sleep disorders, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue and headaches.

If you have any psychological and emotional concerns such as anxiety, phobias, panic, worry, depression and low self-esteem.

If you are suffering from stress whether chronic or short-term due to work, life changes, illness and family stress.

For personnel growth and development.

You will take away:
* a new understanding of the dramatic effects that stress can have on your physiology and biochemistry.
* an appreciation for the power of mind-body medicine to transform old habits and create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
* tools to use everyday to recognize stress and transform it into creative energy.
* a deep, nurturing experience for yourself.
There are numerous scientific studies revealing the healing power of mindfulness such as:
·*increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations.
* Improved self-esteem.
* Increased ability to relax.
·*Greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
·*Enhanced ability to consciously respond to situatins rather than simply react.
· More restful sleep.
·*Bringing a greater concentrations and focus to their work, monitoring their level of stress and taking effective steps to address it.
·*Decrease in pain and increase in ability to cope with chronic pain.
·*Improved overall health.
·*Reduction in symptoms of anxiety, worry and depression.
* Resilience in the face of health and life challenges.
·*Greater sense of compassion for self and others.

The research supporting these results is extensive and ongoing at numerous universities, medical schools and private sector research groups.

What does the course look like:
The Power of Mindfulness Stress Reduction through Mindful Living is an experiential learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. The course is structured as a series of 8 weekly 2 hour classes with a 4 hour retreat between the sixth and seventh week.

Each week, on a daily basis, participants will be given practices to be brought into their life that they have been exploring in class. This is an essential part of the program. It develops and strengthens one's ability to experience mindful awareness in daily life and to access the strength and wisdom that lie within.

Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context with an emphasis on personal journey. These two perspectives, personal and group, are not seen as separate sources of wisdom. When we are fully in the present moment we deepen our experience of life which is experienced as a felt experience of our connectedness to the people and world around us. In this way the The Power of Mindfulness Stress Reduction through Mindful Livingwork is both a powerful medicine for personal stress as well as a path through which a healthy society can manifest.

Next Offering of Classes:
Dates for the next 8 week program:
Dates: TBA
Time: 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday June 24th  from 8 am until noon. 
Location: The Fitness Table
1130 - 12 St SW, Calgary
Investment: $320.00 if paid by May 3rd, 2012, $350 thereafter.
Bring a friend: $600 for two.

Click here to register for Calgary Mindfulness classes. (Will take you to our Yoga in Stillness site.)

Please e-mail  Shirley for more information. Or call her at (403) 818-7967.

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