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Mindfulness:  Paying Attention In the Present, On Purpose and Without Judgment
-Jon Kabat-Zinn
What is Mindfulness?
In our fast-paced culture, we are often stressed out and galloping through life on automatic pilot.
Mindfulness is a way to be whole-heartedly present with your experiences-- no matter what they are. When you're mindful, you fully attend to what's happening
within you and in the
world around you.

With mindfulness:
- you give less importance to future fears and past regrets and focus on living right NOW
- you calm your mind and notice what is going on within
- as mind and body quiet, you can think and act with more clarity

- you are likely to become kinder toward yourself and suffer less.             

Joey helps you learn how to find your inner calm and be with difficulties in a new way.      
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How Can Mindfulness Alleviate Stress?              

When you're in physical or emotional pain, you may want to push it away.  That's natural.  But doing this can actually create more suffering.
With whole-hearted attention to your emotional or physical condition, you remain present and affectionately curious rather than adding condemnation to what already hurts.

Life is full of changes...
How will you meet them?

 "Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight."
- The Guest House by Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks

 How Would I Learn
You begin the practice of mindfulness by choosing a focus of your attention_ your breath, for example.  As you focus on your breath, you may find that your mind is busy with a lot of thoughts. You notice the thoughts without any judgment and keep coming back to the breath. 

Bit by bit, you train your mind so that it does not scatter in a million directions.  Rather it rests in the awareness of your breath.  This practice gives you a way of being with whatever you encounter without fighting against it. 
It gives you more ease and mindful rest.

What Will I Discover?

You can bring mindfulness to any part of of your life. It is a practice that can help you be present and more at ease when you are eating, driving, being with another person or being with yourself when you meet the challenges of life. With mindfulness, you are more likely to recover your balance with compassion for yourself and others.  

Joey will be offering MINDFUL REST groups in the Fall, 2009.  These groups will be based on Mindfulness and enhanced by Joey's training in Somatic Experiencing.
CONTACT JOEY if you are interested in participating.