Master the skills needed to consciously live in your own truth and authenticity!
I am passionate about helping people live in harmony with themselves and those they care about. We often struggle to live in harmony due to a disconnect from oneself, which is then expressed in a variety of ways (e.g. stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, conflict, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc.). I wanted to create something that would maximize teaching mindfulness AND your time. The 8-week group outlined on this page dedicated to teaching mindfulness skills is the result. This group will provide you the opportunity to learn and develop skills to help you take control of your mind and connect with your body, thoughts, and emotions by joining in the present moment with intentional awareness.
It seems like new research espousing the benefits of mindfulness (from lifestyle and behavior to neuroscience and physiological changes) are published daily by esteemed institutions like Harvard and Stanford to name just two. The results of these studies are overwhelmingly positive: the benefits for participants are long-lasting and can be life changing when applied on a daily basis.
I chose to call the group Return to Mindfulness, as it is the state in which we we were born and lived in until we were taught to hurry up, worry about what others thought, etc. The group is designed to help you unlock and reconnect to the innate wisdom housed inside of you.
Physical and mental health benefits of learning this practice include:
Help relieve stress
Treat heart disease
Lower blood pressure
Reduce chronic pain
Alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders
Manage behaviors associated with substance abuse and eating disorders
Lower intensity, if not eliminate, of couples conflicts
Methods & Practices to Unhook from Triggers & Habituated Tendencies
Responding to Experiences
Effective Communication Skills
Applying Mindfulness to Life
PLUS! Various mindfulness based experiential activities each week
Learn how to live YOUR life with presence!
Mindfulness – a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Bringing the unconscious into conscious thought - the unconscious part of our brain is responsible for preserving the body and learning lessons quickly, these are our automatic reactions. The conscious part of our brain uses the unconscious information and pairs it with facts, skills, etc. to respond to situations.
Identifying triggers, habitual tendencies, & learning how to unhook from them - in some Buddhist traditions, this is referred to as Shenpa, the urge or hook that triggers our habitual tendency (e.g. shutdown, disconnect, or lash out in anger). We become hooked in that moment of tightening as we reach for relief.
Enhancing awareness of emotions in the body - our bodies hold many unspoken gifts to explore. You will learn to bring attention and focus to bodily sensations as they apply to emotions, triggers, habitual tendencies, and mindfulness.
Boundaries - healthy boundaries allow you to connect with yourself, your emotions and needs while allowing us to teach others who we are and how we like to be treated.
Consciousness in relationships & parenting - by raising awareness of your own unconscious thoughts, you will learn how to relate to others from a more conscious level.
Effective communication skills - learn to deepen your understanding of others by developing better listening and speaking skills
Responding to experiences instead of reacting - using each of the skills explored over the course of this group, will allow you to begin responding to the world around you with mindful and conscious attention so you can make the best decisions now and in the future!
Please note, you will be sharing space with other individuals and I ask that you be aware and respectful of their presence. If at any point during the group, it is felt that your presence is not in integrity with the group dynamic, you will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to end your participation at any time if I feel that your presence is less than positive for the other members of the group.
If you have been asked to leave a group, workshop, or gathering in the past, please contact me for consideration prior to registering.