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  • 6 Sep 2019 9:39 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Wise Neutrality

    I recently ran across this quotation from James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing is changed until it is faced.”

    Mindfulness and compassion training help us with this practice of "facing" in so many ways. The practices help us be aware there's something there to be faced in the first place. The practices then help us see and start to understand the thoughts and emotions that often stand in the way of this standing upright in the face of our suffering. And the practices offer us tools for understanding and processing as the depth of what we hope to change becomes clear.


    But it's so easy to narrow the project down too much. We narrow it down to something each of us alone must do.  We are so individualistic. A separateness is deeply wired into us. "I should be able to figure this out," we think – a reflex we assume to be truth.

    The more I go along the more I think this just isn't true. We can't figure it out, really. We are too easily misled by our own too-small point of view. We need others to help us face what needs to be changed.

    Given that we truly need each other to face what must be faced, the question that's on my mind lately is how do we need each other? 

    Do we need warmth and friendship from each other? Do we need insight and fresh perspectives from each other? Do we need trusted friends who will question our assumptions about what's going on? Do we need supporters who will simply offer us unconditional encouragement, having total trust that we can do what we set out to do - that we are strong and intelligent and resourceful?

    Probably we need all of the above but perhaps we also need another quality in the supportive others who help us to see who and what we are: The quality of neutrality.

    At a recent retreat a participant who'd experienced significant trauma said something like the following to me: "I really love how neutral you and the other Mindfulness Northwest teachers are when I talk about my problems. You don’t get too excited or disturbed. You don't give advice. You just listen and you're neutral." He went on to talk about how that gave him the space he needed to trust his own resources, to keep working on his life. To face what needs to be faced.

    Isn't that interesting? I think we very much need people we trust, whom we can talk to deeply and intimately, who can be neutral with us. Who can just listen. Who help us face what needs to be faced by simply bearing witness to our process. 

    And this is a gift we can give others when we're the trusted friend or family member. We talk all the time about being present for people in the mindfulness world, and that's more or less the same thing, but there's something that's striking me deeply about remembering to value neutrality. 

    So here's to wise neutrality.

    I hope when you read this you are having a good-enough day!

    Tim


  • 6 Sep 2019 9:00 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Mindfulness for Healthcare Organizations

    Mindfulness Northwest offers healthcare organizations a full suite of mindfulness trainings designed to reduce stress and burnout. Our workshops and classes include the gold standard 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for medical professionals and, where the 8-week MBSR course isn't a fit, our 4-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class. We've offered the latter over 40 times in the region both in person and live online. Click for an overview of Mindfulness Northwest's programs for healthcare professionals

    We are happy to share that our pre-/post-training data on burnout using the Maslach Burnout Inventory was recently analyzed by a researcher to show that on two of three legs of that measure participants saw a significant improvement.

    Reduction in emotional exhaustion: 19% (p < .001)

    Reduction in depersonalization: 22% (p = .008)

    The analysis also showed that these measure were highly reliable (Cronbach's alpha scores of 0.87 - 0.91 with anything over 0.70 considered good, and 1.0 being the maximum).

    In this article from Kaiser Permanente (also on our next blog post) Mindfulness: Practicing what we preach (and study ), the author, a physician who took one of our in-house courses, describes how they not only research the benefits of mindfulness, but put mindfulness into practice in their organization.


  • 6 Sep 2019 8:30 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Mindfulness: Practicing what we preach (and study)

    KPWHRI staff attend mindfulness class

    We don't just do research on mindfulness. We encourage our employees to practice it. Dr. Jennifer McClure explains.

    By Jennifer McClure, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), senior investigator and director of research, faculty & development

    Mindfulness has become the buzz word du jour. It’s hard to turn on the TV or open a magazine without hearing celebrities, corporate leaders, or spiritual teachers praise its benefits and share their secrets for how you, too can live a more mindful life. It almost sounds like mindfulness is a cure-all—the key to a less stressful, healthier, and happier life. And you know what? As much as that sounds like hype, there’s actually some truth to it.

    What is mindfulness?  

    Jon Kabat-Zinn created the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program while at the University of Massachusetts. He defined mindfulness as “the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and sometimes in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

    Truly being aware of the present moment and giving it your undivided attention is harder than it sounds. It takes training (which is why meditation is considered something you practice, not something you master). To be fully aware of the present moment—including all of the thoughts in your head, sensations in your body, and the symphony of sights and sounds around you—without being judgmental or critical of yourself or others is also really difficult. It’s a skill that most of us must cultivate over time, but the mental investment can pay huge dividends.

    Benefits of mindfulness

    Mindfulness has a strong empirical basis, especially the MBSR program developed by Kabat-Zinn. Research shows that being more mindful has both positive mental and physical health benefits, including reduced stress, anxiety, burnout, chronic pain, and symptoms of chronic illness. Being mindful is also associated with improved focus and creativity, greater job satisfaction and engagement, increased stress resilience, and greater immune functioning. My colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and I have even found that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a form of mindfulness practice, may be a useful tool to help people stop smoking when delivered as an online intervention or in group counseling sessions.

    Practicing what we preach (and study)

    Given all of these benefits, it’s easy to understand why we don’t just study mindfulness at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI). This summer we also hosted a series of trainings with the regional organization Mindfulness Northwest. The trainings were to teach KPWHRI employees some basic mindfulness exercises and encourage them to practice them as part of their daily routine. Our goal: To help our coworkers better manage the stress of our daily (professional and private) lives.

    Initial feedback on the introductory trainings was very positive. Three-quarters of those surveyed rated the training as “excellent” or “very good” and more than 80 percent said they were likely to use the skills they learned. Others were pleased to have an opportunity to learn some of the techniques used in research studies they’ve worked on at KPWHRI.

    All in all, it was good experience and one that I hope we can offer again in the future. It’s important that we not only study but also promote ways to improve health and wellbeing at KPWHRI. I’m proud to work for a health care organization that allows us to walk our talk.

    Resources

    If you would like to learn more about mindfulness, here are some resources to consider:

    • Basics of Mindfulness Practice: Learn more about basic mindfulness and mindful meditation practices from the Foundation for a Mindful Society.
    • Mindfulness Classes: Find a range of trainings and classes in Western Washington at Mindfulness Northwest and their class schedule.
    • How Mindfulness Transforms Us: Learn more about mindfulness and what it can do for you with this Tedx Talk by Jo Pang, Slalom Consulting.
    • MBSR: Learn more about MSBR without taking a multiweek class with these resources.
    • Mindfulness Mediation: For more guidance in mindful meditation, check out these great resources from author and teacher Pema Chödrön.


  • 1 Aug 2019 9:31 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Before You Hit SEND…

    I remember when I set up my first email account. In my mind, I would only be using email to pay bills online. At that time I had no idea that many of my personal communications and the majority of my work conversations would soon be conducted via the world wide web.

    A lot of us also didn’t anticipate the enormous number of emails that would eventually flood our lives, often seeming to demand our attention. If we define stress as the condition that arises when what we are tasked to do exceeds the reservoir of our perceived resources, it’s easy to understand why responding to our inbox can become a primary source of stress.

    There are many articles about why email is so stressful and how to work with the conundrum of inbox management.


    What is arising most for me these days is the intersection of email communications and mindfulness practice: I find myself wondering what can be learned both from our own experience and from the wisdom of the ages about wise communication as it applies to the landscape of our digital messaging?

    I remember in one MBSR class a participant shared how the informal practice of “stepping back and taking a breath” had helped her skillfully navigate her way to a response rather than a reaction to an unpleasant work email.  The email, she said, had harshly pointed out a mistake she’d made. At first she wanted to send back a reactive reply, but instead, she took a breath. She noticed the emotions that were present:  defensiveness and anger, as well as the impulse in her body to retaliate via the keyboard.

    In that moment of pausing, she realized she had a choice.

    Rather than firing back with a defensive retort and stewing about the original email all afternoon, she wrote a sincere apology for the error. Did this change any outcomes for her? The participant smiled as she told us that once she pressed send, the situation for her was over.  She was able to go on with her day free from rumination.  And while it is necessary and helpful to address how others communicate with us, for this person, the main lesson came in liberating herself from participating in an unskillful cycle of communication.


    A go-to practice for responding instead of reacting to emails is the Mindful Check in (Mindfulness Northwest Mid-month Practice Letter, April 2019):

       Notice what’s happening in the body - heart racing, teeth clenched, a volcano in your belly, hunched shoulders, fingers pounding the keys loud enough for your office mates to hear.

       Pay attention to the feelings on the surface - anger, irritation, indignation, blame, hatred. And then listen for the soft underbelly of emotional pain - insecurity, shame, fear and dread of never being enough.

       Notice the mind - racing of thoughts, the inability to organize thoughts, the wish to do harm, the “I’ll show them!”

    Then wait to respond…the way we stay with an ill child until the fever dissipates. If a reply is needed right away, there’s always the option to say, “I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.” It’s likely that simply stopping, taking a breath, and observing your experience in the body, emotions, and mind will be enough to proceed wisely. (To learn more about the S.T.O.P. practice, watch this video with Elisha Goldstein.)


    We all experience fluctuations of energy throughout the day. Mindfulness exercises like the Mindful Check-In and S.T.O.P. practices are essential tools that help us access vital information about physical fatigue and strain after our hours spent at a keyboard. Or perhaps they can help spotlight the more nuanced awareness of our emotions and mind states. Practicing a Mindful Check-in in for even five minutes can make it possible to discern when it’s time to step away from the computer in an act of compassion for self and others.

    What if there’s resistance to stopping for that break?

    Mindfulness invites us to notice our resistance with curiosity and kindness, beckoning us to investigate the “I don’t have time” and “gotta get it done now” self-talk that is so prevalent in our busy lives. But when we’re willing step back, take a breath, and ask questions like: “What am I believing right now?” via a Mindful Check-In or S.T.O.P. practice, a treasure trove of self-understanding awaits discovery.


  • 1 Aug 2019 9:28 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Best Practices with Email   by Teresa Johnson

    Let’s say we’ve taken a break and are now back at our computer. What are best practices when responding to someone else’s email or creating your own? Here are  Five principles of wise communication shared by Rick Hanson, Ph.D, New York Times best-selling author, and based on Buddhist teachings.

    Ask yourself if this communication is:

                Well-intended – Is my intention based on good will?

                True – Is what I’m saying the truth, unexaggerated, and accurate?

                Beneficial – Will this communication help things get better?

                Timely – Am I sending this when I feel balanced, rested, uncompelled, and at a time when it’s likely to be received well? (Consider keeping a draft overnight or scheduling the email for the next day.)

                Not harsh – When direction or boundaries are needed, is this a firm and clear communication without being harsh?

    If the answer to these questions is YES, then I’m ready to hit SEND.

    For more thoughts on this topic, see this Mindful Magazine article  about the six rules of conscious emailing.


  • 1 Jul 2019 9:29 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Being a Good Friend to Yourself
    with Mindfulness and Self Compassion

    I recently drove with my nephew and his good friend across Washington state. As I quietly navigated a curvy and beautiful mountain pass, I listened to them talk.  Their conversation made it clear that they are good friends, and I noticed how happy I felt just witnessing their interactions.  As they spoke about relationships, work, school, sports, and their trip out west together, they were kind, playful, and non-judgmental.  They disagreed with each other at times, but they also took those opportunities to really understand and support each other despite their differences.   Their friendship was clearly beneficial and meaningful to both of them. It was beneficial to me as well: simply being around these two young men made me feel relaxed and happy. 

    As I reflected on why their interactions moved me so deeply, I realized that this friendship conveyed four things very strongly.  Without ever saying it, these two comrades were communicating to each other:  I see you, I accept you, I care about you, and I support you.    


     Perhaps you’ve experienced someone like this in your life:  A good friend, a teacher or mentor, a grandparent or other family member who saw you for who you are with acceptance, communicating in some way that they cared for and supported you.  Or perhaps you simply understand in your heart how great it would feel to be seen clearly, without judgment, and to be cared for and supported with kindness.  Regardless of who we are or what our life experience has been, each of us can learn to offer these gifts of genuine friendship to ourselves through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practice. 

    Mindfulness practice cultivates greater awareness that helps us see ourselves more clearly.  We learn to observe our bodies, our physical sensations, our feelings, and our thoughts in a new way.  We develop a greater intimacy with ourselves, and we may begin to notice thought patterns and feelings we did not see before.  We learn to stay more present for ourselves and learn to offer ourselves the gift of “I See You.”


    As we cultivate this greater awareness, we can also practice the intention of being non-judgmental toward what we see.  Even though judgments arise in our minds over and over again, the practice of intentionally looking for and seeing our judgments helps to weaken our judgmental habit little by little, over time. 

    We may also begin to observe how our thoughts, feelings, and sensations arise on their own.  Seeing this, we blame ourselves less and are more accepting of our experience and of ourselves.  We learn to let ourselves be as we are, and we offer ourselves the gift of “I accept you”.  For me that is sometimes more of an “I accept a little bit more about myself than I did before” or “I accept this aspect of myself a little bit more in this moment” but it is the gift of acceptance, nonetheless.


    Sometimes when we bring mindfulness to our experience we notice we are in the midst of difficulty.  When we notice that we are suffering in some way, sometimes just being with the experience allows it to soften.  At times the experience or emotion we see is stronger than our ability to just be with it. Times like these are when Self-Compassion practice can be helpful.

    The seeds of self compassion are within each of us.  We regularly do kind things for ourselves and often don’t realize it.  Eating food and sleeping keep us alive.  Brushing our teeth is an act of self-care.  And reading this article or taking a Mindfulness class is motivated by the wish to be happy.  Self-Compassion practice helps us get in touch with the often unseen part of ourselves that genuinely cares about our own well-being, the part of ourselves that wants us to be happy and free from suffering.  It helps us to see and feel our natural capacity for self-care, to hear the part of ourselves that says, “I care about you deeply.”



    Self-Compassion practice also gives us tools with which to meet and support ourselves when we are facing difficult situations or emotions.  Rather than trying to fix ourselves, we learn to be kind and supportive.  And we learn to do this not to get rid of our difficulty, but simply because we are having difficulty.  It’s like how we would tend to a young child with the flu; we are not kind and supportive because we are trying to drive out the flu, we are that way simply because the child doesn’t feel well. 

    By making the space to let ourselves be exactly as we are, and by offering kindness to ourselves when things are difficult, Self-Compassion practice teaches us how to be our own best support, and ultimately our own best friend.  And just like my nephew and his friend in the car that day, our friendship with ourselves helps us to see, accept, and care about ourselves just as we would a dear friend which benefits not only ourselves but those around us as well. 





  • Awe

    1 Jun 2019 9:27 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Dear Friends,

    I'm at the closing retreat of our nine-month Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP).  This cohort-based intensive program is such a joy for me to facilitate. The students have worked hard and are very close to each other. We've all learned so much about mindfulness. More importantly: they've all gone through various levels of personal transformation as we've investigated deeply what mindfulness is and how one might share it with others with integrity.

    One of the assignments for this final retreat was to design and deliver a one-hour presentation on some aspect of mindfulness that includes presenting some information, an experiential practice, and an interactive unpacking of that experience using the rich style of dialog we call inquiry.

    One of the students picked the fascinating topic of "awe." Awe is something we don't think about or talk about much. She suggested to us that awe is, well, awesome. She also proposed that having experiences in which we feel inspired (awed) is wonderful, and that dropping into one of those timeless moments of deep connection with a beautiful world much bigger than our busy selves is really important, too.  She also suggested that we can even encourage those moments to arise!

    The student cited some interesting research in which one group of participants gazed up at the canopy of a grove of trees and another gazed up at tall buildings. Guess which group was then measured to be kinder and more generous? You guessed it: the tree gazers. Presumably because an encounter with awe tends to lead to a more positive way of looking at the world. (See our Practice Lab below for a summary of The Science of Awe.)

    Then our teacher training student took us out on a walk. It helped that we were in a beautiful spot: a retreat center on Vashon Island right on the water. But she suggested, and I believe it, that an encounter with awe is also possible anywhere.

    We walked slowly down to the beach. Pausing often. Opening the senses. Feeling our feet on the ground. It helped that we were silent with each other and had done some meditation earlier.

    I was impressed by the softness of the new growth on the Douglas Fir trees. Another participant pointed out a deer walking by. The brighter greens of the new growth on the salal impressed me on the way down the path. Spring is amazing and I was grateful for the support to tune into its brighter greens and softer shapes.

    Then we got to the beach. The tide was halfway in on the rocky shore. It was a warm and sunny day. I sat down right on the edge of the water. And I reached my hands out and draped them into the shallow water and closed my eyes to tune in to the sense of touch. It's hard to describe the feeling but it met the definition of awe:

    An experience that feels vast and transcends our usual understanding of the world.

    The water and I just felt connected. Fluid. Vast for sure. Time felt very slow and rich. I felt so present just sitting there. I reveled in that for several minutes. Breathing. Feeling the sun on my face. The warmish sea water flowing over my hands. The lumpiness of the sun-warmed rocks under me.

    And then - surprise! - something nibbled my fingers. I jumped up a bit in astonishment to find that a hermit crab had just scrambled over my hand and given me a little experimental nibble!

    And then I tuned back in to look: not just one hermit crab, but two, then a group of four, then further to my right six more. This wasn't just a beautiful scene of rocks and shells and sea water and algae, but a home. A community of crabs live here. I was the visitor. Part of their world for the moment, but it was their world not mine. I stared, fascinated, as I saw more and more hermit crabs and watched them go about their morning.

    Would I have even noticed the presence of these little life forms in the water if I'd been with a friend talking? Would I have noticed even if I'd been alone but lost in thought? I think in either case I would have appreciated the beauty and serenity of the beach but I don't think I would have had the taste of awe I had when I first merged with the sea water, and then, to my surprise, discovered my accidental visit to the community of crabs.

    It's surprisingly difficult to downshift enough to truly tune into the awe-inspiring sight and sounds and smells and touches and tastes that are all around us, isn't it? And yet how rewarding that is! And according to the emerging field of study on the experience of awe: how important and healthy it is for us.

    May you go out and feel awe today.

    Tim


  • 1 Jun 2019 9:00 AM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    THE SCIENCE OF AWE
    by Summer Allen, Ph.D.

    If you’ve hiked among giant sequoias, stood in front of the Taj Mahal, or observed a particularly virtuosic musical performance, you may have experienced the mysterious and complex emotion known as “awe.”

    Awe experiences are self-transcendent. They shift our attention away from ourselves, make us feel like we are part of something greater than ourselves, and make us more generous toward others.

    But what is awe? What types of experiences are most likely to elicit feelings of awe? Are some people more prone to experiencing awe? And what are the effects of awe?

    While philosophers and religious scholars have explored awe for centuries, it was largely ignored by psychologists until the early 2000s. Since then, there has been growing interest in exploring awe empirically. This has led to a number of fascinating discoveries about the nature of awe, while also raising many questions still to be explored.


    In September 2018, the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, published a white paper written by Summer Allen, Ph.D., about the science of awe as it's so far been explored. To read more from this white paper, click here: 

    https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Awe_FINAL.pdf


  • 16 May 2019 4:13 PM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    Adolescence is an amazing time of growth and self-discovery that may also be fraught with confusion and stress which can lead to anxiety and depression. 

    Teens are confronted with academic, social, and family pressures every day but may not have the needed skills to respond to these pressures rather than react out of a sense of overwhelm.

    Mindfulness practices can help young people to pause, take a step back from their life circumstances, identify where stress is being experienced physically, sort out their feelings and thoughts, and consider how to proceed more wisely. 

    Self-Compassion practices help teens to learn how to turn toward their struggles with greater awareness of what they're experiencing, an increased sense that they are not alone, and kindness toward themselves.

    Join us for our new Teens Pause workshops.  This mindfulness stuff…works.

    Teen Mindfulness Workshop
    A 3-hour workshop for teens
    Thursday afternoon, July 11

    Teen Mindfulness Workshop
    A 3-hour workshop for teens
    Thursday evening, July 25

    Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens Info Night
    For teens and their Parent/Guardian
    Thursday evening, August 22

    More about Teens Pause


  • 16 May 2019 4:11 PM | Catherine Duffy (Administrator)

    by Michael Kelberer

    I was deeply struck by the Pema Chodron quote in the last issue that said: “How we regard what arises in meditation is training for how we regard whatever arises in the rest of our lives.”

    What Pema goes on to say is that when we catch our minds wandering during meditation and bring them back to the breath with an attitude of non-judgment and kindness, we train ourselves to react with kindness to ourselves when we stray from our intended path in our daily life. I have found this to be true for me. Kindness and self-compassion have been slowly replacing self-judgment and self-recrimination as my default reactions to my forgetfulness, carelessness, or laziness.  

    This realization about kindness and self-compassion got me wondering:  what other ways is mindfulness affecting my dealings with life? Here are a few of my thoughts:

    Feel the sensations, not the story

    One of the lessons I’ve learned about mindfulness involves applying it to “unpleasant” physical sensations. It started with my feet cramping whenever I’d sit on a cushion for longer that 15 minutes or so. I’d start to feel pain in my calf or feet muscles, a “certain” precursor to a painful cramp, and I’d immediately shift positions to alleviate those sensations. Then I heard our Executive Director, Tim Burnett, suggest that we not be so fast to react, to instead focus on the sensations themselves without paying attention to the story we tell ourselves about them. As mindfulness helped me slow the cramping process down, I was able to finally see that there was a difference between the actual sensations and the story (“Uh-oh, major cramp about to arrive”) that immediately arose. I could just let the sensations be. And guess what, 95 percent of the time, the sensations just subside on their own – no cramping.

    Seeing a bigger picture

    Instead of focusing in on something during meditative practice like the breath, or sounds, or the body, the practice of Open Awareness meditation allows my awareness to expand and include everything that’s happening, inside and out. In this type of practice, I am able to sense everything while not being carried away by anything.

    Seeing this bigger picture really helps me as I have walked the emotionally difficult path of recovering from childhood trauma over these last eight years. My introduction to mindfulness came by way of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class recommended along the way. And, as with many complicated recoveries, things often got worse before they got better. It’s been pretty easy for me to get fixated on the pain, the length of time I’ve been working to get better, and to lose hope. In these moments (well, days really) life seems to collapse into a single dark confined space.

    When I get that way, I now remember to relax my awareness (breathing into the fixation) and relax my body, taking in everything, getting carried away by nothing. In those moments I realize there are a whole lot of other things happening in my life beside trauma recovery, that I’ve gone through these “getting worse” phases before, and how I always find progress and even happiness on the other side.  I realize that there is much more “right” than “wrong” with my life.  Over time, slipping into that larger space has become natural, and I hardly ever get caught up in the dismal story line I used to create automatically.

    And even the “little” things

    I recently moved into downtown Bellingham to a place conveniently located within walking distance of many things. Unfortunately, one of those nearby things is the train track, and I developed a lot of fear that I’d never get any sleep.

    One day prior to moving, I realized I was getting caught up in another story line, and that mindfulness could help. Starting a couple of weeks before the move, every time I was downtown and heard the trains, I’d pay attention to my reaction (here’s the PG version):

    There’s that darn train…holy mackerel that horn is loud…do they really have to blow it five blessed times for every crossing?....And all the live-long night???...I’m an idiot for moving here…I’ll never get any sleep….

    And so on, ad nauseum.

    So I started intervening. When I’d hear the first horn blast, I’d focus just on the sound, and keep my focus there not allowing the story line to get a foothold in my awareness (although I could hear it knocking at the door). I’d remind myself that people had told me “I don’t even hear the trains any more” and figured that that process would go faster if I didn’t have to also learn to not hear the story line.

    Sure enough, less than a week after I moved, the trains rarely awakened me.

    I’ve loved everything about mindfulness since the first day of MBSR class. Mostly, at first, I was in love with the ideas and world view. Now that I’ve seen what I do “on the cushion” translate into my everyday life, I’m in love with the fact that mindfulness works.



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