MINDFULNESS PRACTICE PROGRAM
All the knowledge and skills needed to build your own mindfulness practice both online and in a formal group.
While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
We all already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit us in many ways.
The quality of mindfulness, which can be cultivated through a variety of meditation practices, functions as an ever-present lens through which personal stories are contemplated, written, shared, and discussed.
The following formal meditative practices are designed to enhance the participant's awareness of the steam of thoughts, flow of feelings, and presence of sensations that often go unnoticed, yet inform action and behavior from moment to moment:
Body Scan: A guided exercise to promote awareness of each part of the body
Mindful Movement: Also known as mindful yoga in which participants are guided through a series of gentle movements, postures, and stretching exercises
Sitting Meditation: Quiet sitting attending to the breath, thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Walking Meditation: Slow or fast walking with awareness
Through the regular practice of these mindfulness exercises, it becomes possible to step out of the automatic pilot mode of being, and instead experience and act with greater awareness.
Mindful Practice® programs encourage participants to foster the same quality of awareness established through mindfulness exercises during other activities both in the classroom (i.e., during discussion, while developing and sharing narratives, when engaged in appreciative inquiry exercises), and outside of the workshop (i.e., while engaged in life’s activities at work and at home). Because the cultivation of mindfulness is best supported by regular practice, we recommend participants engage in daily home practices that might include meditation, yoga, and other awareness-enhancing practices. Participants with backgrounds in other forms of contemplative practice are encouraged to use those approaches as well.