While I was having breakfast this morning, I decided to checkout Facebook and what I saw made my day. My mentor and yoga teacher Bram Levinson shared a link of the latest issue of Time magazine. Just seeing the title “The Mindful Revolution” on the cover filled me with excitement and joy.
I started my yoga teacher training last weekend and am building my wellness business and this article is a sure sign that I am on the right track to creating something that will be greatly useful and needed by society. Below are highlights from the article which you can find in part here (there is a paywall so you have to be a subscriber or download the digital issue to get the full article).
The technique that the journalist, Kate Pickert was introduced to during a workshop is called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
MBSR is rooted in Eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhism
The intention of the practice is to quiet the busy mind, become more aware of the present moment and be less caught up in what happened earlier or what’s to come
The technique helps cope with anxiety, depression and on a broader basis, it’s seen as a means to deal with stress
The ultimate goal is to simply give your full attention to what you are doing
2 factors set this practice apart and give it a practical veneer that is helping propel it into the mainstream, First, it’s a commonsense approach (avoids talk about spirituality). Your attention = a muscle = exercise it (with meditation) and you will be able to focus longer and not get lost in thought. Second, there are concrete and provable benefits to exercising the brain.
“It’s rare that I let an hour go by without looking at a screen”. If this is you (I know it is definitely me), you can benefit from MBSR
There’s no point in beating ourselves up about having the thoughts that float around in our head during the day or during meditation. Just notice them and come back to what you are doing (focusing on your breath greatly helps to recenter the mind)
Developed in 1979, this technique is taught by more than 1000 certified instructors across the United States
Doing the MBSR workshop has had a huge impact on certain people that were leading high-stress lives. It changed the way they went through their daily routine and how interacted with people. They gave others their full attention and enjoyed the present moment much more as opposed to always projecting into the future.
I would definitely love to do a MBSR workshop if one was ever available in the Montreal area. I think that most of us could highly benefit from focusing more on the present. I know it’s something that I have been working on for the last 6 years or so and trust me, it’s not easy but it’s so worth it. You start appreciating things that you didn’t even notice before.
For example, on my walk to work, I pass through a train station that has restaurants and shops. I make it a daily habit to be fully present when I walk through that area as I enjoy the smells of fresh made coffee, bread and wonderful the fragrances from the flower shop that is on my path.
Sometimes, I start thinking about what is waiting for me at work, but most of the time I remember to give this part of my route my full attention and when I do it puts a smile on my face and starts the day off right. Funny how it’s the little things sometimes that can give us great joy. So go ahead, give it a try for just a few minutes today and notice how it changes your mood.