constantly bombarded with external distractions. Whether it’s a ping, a buzz, a melody or alarm, we struggle to keep our atten- tion on the person, conversation, or task in front of us. The distractions of the modern world demand our attention
such that keeping our mind on one thing becomes a real chal- lenge. And while Mindfulness can’t build a chamber of silence around us, it can assist us in noticing when the mind has wan- dered so that we can return to the person, project or situation at hand.
The Value of Kindness One of the things I love most about Mindfulness practice is its inclusion of kindness; kindness toward ourselves as well as others. It’s impossible for me to understate the impact of ap- proaching life with an attitude of presence and kindness. When we can open our hearts to ourselves, with all of our foibles and missteps, our miscalculations and blunders, our wounds and our desires, we see a precious, tender being who asks only for our forgiveness and love. When we can open our hearts to others with all of their foibles and missteps, their mis- calculations and blunders, wounds and desires, we discover that a tender, precious being resides there, as well.
While we can’t expect the world to change so that we can be happier or less stressed, we can choose to be happy or less stressed no matter what is happening around us. Mindfulness practice helps us make that choice.
Written by Lina Landess, BS, an author, Holistic Health & Trauma Release Coach and Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator living and working in Greensboro, NC.
If you would like to find yourself living in a kinder, more peaceful, less stressful world; I invite you to try a little Mind- fulness.
As several of my students recently shared,
“Mindfulness has helped me temper stress and offer (a differ- ent) perspective to difficult situations. It has also helped me shape my responses.”
“Mindfulness has helped me be calmer. It has made me aware that I need to take time out to enjoy the beauty of life.”
“(Your class) really has helped me to think clearer and be more aware. I feel a bit more peaceful and don’t worry as much.”
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Classes will run from 6:30-7:30pm.
Cost is $18/session for drop-ins. Early Bird Special of $105/7sessions ends January 9th. Please register by calling 336-294-0910 or stopping by the Front Desk. Integrative Therapies is located at 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.
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