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.
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 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.
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
If you have any psychological and emotional concerns
such as anxiety, phobias, panic, worry, depression and
If you are suffering from stress whether chronic
or short-term due to work, life changes, illness and family
For personnel growth and development.
* 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
* 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
* Resilience in the face of health and life challenges.
·*Greater sense of compassion for self and
The research supporting these results is extensive
and ongoing at numerous universities, medical schools
and private sector research groups.
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
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.
Dates for the next
8 week program:
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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