Have you noticed that it seems your life is running you instead of you running your life? Are you waking up tired with feelings of anxiety, frustration or dread about what you have to do today? Are you falling into bed exhausted, with racing thoughts and struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Do you often worry about things to come or are rehashing something that happened in the past?
If so, you have fallen prey to the stressors of our modern treadmill lives. Most of us are great at doing, but we have forgotten how to be a human being. We are disconnected from our self, who is craving our attention and presence. Most of us are so distracted that practicing mindfulness has become a low priority. Or worse yet, we don’t even know it’s an option for our well-being.
If this sounds like you, don’t wait and let an accident or death of a loved one be your wake-up call that encourages you to be present in your life because you were jolted by impermanence.
Mindfulness is the practice of having a moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, sensations and surrounding environment through a gentle, non-judgmental lens. You learn you are not your thoughts, but are the observer of your thoughts.
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you are doing…and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Some Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
- Control Your Temper
- Fend Off Depression
- Reduce Worry and Anxiety
- Improve Boundary Setting and Saying No
- Lower Daily Stress
- Fall Asleep Faster
- Increase Focus and Concentration
- Be a Better Listener
- Enjoy Sex More
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Deepen Your Spiritual Life
- Be a Better Leader
- Stick With Your Goals
Mindfulness can bring increased wonder, curiosity and joy to your life. It helps clear away the clutter of your mind. Mindfulness helps you appreciate the beauty and preciousness of life. Mindfulness is the miracle by which we restore ourselves.
Anne Alderfer first came across yoga during her college days in the late 70’s. As a licensed clinical social worker, Anne has worked with children through end of life and hospice patients. She is interested in bringing her combined skills and experience to sharing the joy and the emotional and mental benefits from going inward with yoga and mindfulness.
Join Anne for Mindfulness Meditation 4-Week Series. Wednesdays, 12-1:00pm. March 27 – April 17th.