Mindful awareness means paying attention to the experiences of the present moment: with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with things as they are. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our inner experience. Mindfulness can be learned by anyone, regardless of age or background.
This short course lays the foundation to mindful living through brief talks, sensory awareness practice, simple stretching movements (done seated, standing, or lying down), attentive discussions, and suggested at-home practice. For the duration of the course participants are encouraged to meditate 5 to 10 minutes every day with online support freely available.
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. In contrast, you’ve probably encountered moments of “mindlessness” — a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul.
"Peter, you are a very gifted teacher . . . I particularly appreciate the infusion of your own experience dotting the session from time to time. It creates an inversion of the 'elevated teacher' and gives vulnerability permission -- not sure that's the right word." (J.A.S.)
“Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice [which] has nothing to do with Buddhism per se or with becoming a Buddhist, but it has everything to do with waking up and living in harmony with oneself and with the world. It has to do with examining who we are … and with cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive.”
~Jon Kabat-Zinn. (1994). Wherever you go there you are. Hyperion, p. 3.