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"  In a world of constant doing, it's important that we stop to breathe, and simply be.” 

MINDFULNESS                     

Allowing space to simply be..

 

"Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we focus attention in the present moment, intentionally  and non-judgmentally, with an attitude of openness and curiosity.” Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

Faced with the stressful life of our modern world and considering the high levels of inattention  we currently live in (47% of our time we spend on autopilot, according to a Harvard University reasearch), a mindfulness program can provide many benefits:  

  • Stress and Anxiety Reduction

  • More focus, attention and productivity

  • More presence in Daily Activies  

  • Better capacity for emotional self-regulation

  • More creative and healthier ways to react to the negative and positive contingencies of life, work, family and society

  • Better overall health and balance

 

The Mindfulness Program participant ends up equipted with simple tools, but of a deep and real efficiency.
 

Society is out of balance and in a historical moment of great tension and pressure; the act of doing several things at the same time is more and more frequent, the different stimuli of the virtual world is increasing exponencially, as well as the amount of physical and emotional illnesses, and the increase of unnecessary medicalization.  Faced with this, it becomes  essential that we acquire a new set of knowledges and wisdom, to better deal with today's reality and move towards a better quality of life in all its aspects, physical, emotional and spiritually.

 

For four decades, we have had more and more scientific evidence of the benefits of mindfulness practices, demonstrating what happens in our brain, physiology and behavior when we establish mindfulness practices and apply a new way of being and  in our daily lives.

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MINDFULNESS PROGRAM

 

The first Mindfulness program was created in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Clinic by  Prof. Emeritus Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, who has inspired a growing body of mindfulness research and experiments,  helping to prove  several positive changes  in our brain and physiology, with the practice of meditation.

 

At the time, he applied the Program to patients at the clinic for patience with chronic pain, obtaining excellent results, which led to the expansion of mindfulness programs in other areas and places.                                                                                       

Based on Buddhist teachings, the program was, however, designed to be totally secular in order to benefit the greatest number of individuals in the West, mainly because Mindfulness is not based on practices conducted for a specific purpose, but rather to get back in touch. with an innate natural state in all of us.

 

Large American and European Universities started to develop research projects in this area, continuously.

 

Nowadays mindfulness is adopted in companies like Google, Aetna, Ford and McKinsey, as well as in schools, hospitals, health centers, in the army, among elite sportsmen, in the British Parliament, among others.

 

THE MINDFULNESS PROGRAM

 

It is an educational program, where, in addition to attention and focus practices, we develop exercises for emotional self-regulation, perception and discernment, greater clarity of thoughts, and a general rest of the central nervous system.

 

Since we usually function on autopilot, with the mind either anxiously thinking about the future or stuck in ruminations about the past , with little awareness of the present moment, during the course we learn the importance of being where we are, living fully present what we are living, and becoming aware of the here and now: what is happening to us in each moment, and fully attending to the other and the whole, which enables us to deal more skillfully with the different issues of everyday  existence. With time we begin to realize that fundamentally the present moment is the only moment that exists.

 

The systematic training in mindfulness causes the mind to rest, allowing us to orient at will  it rather than being led by it.

 

In each meeting, we will learn the fundamental mindfulness meditations and engage in light but deep-reaching dynamics in order to handle more skilfully with our thoughts, emotions and body sensations, realizing a greater emotional intelligence and resilience.

 

The basic apparatus for learning to meditate we all have, which is our Body, our Breath and our Capacity to choose, a consciousness.
 

BENEFITS PROVEN by scientific evidence

 

Mindfulness practice can help reduce stress and  its consequences:

 

  • anxiety

  • insomnia

  • dispersal

  • hypertension

  • aging

  • fibromyalgia

  • chronic pain

  • cancer (and consequent depression and pain)

  • eating disorders

  • diabetes

  • influences on epigenetics

  • "burnout" of professionals

 

It also helps improve and regulate the following systems:

  • Immunological

  • Cardiovascular

  • digestive

  • Emotional

  • Relapse of drug use and depression

  • Memory.

 

 

           

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