Mindfulness means being in a state of awareness and heartfelt presence.. Young children are good models of mindfulness because they are not bogged down by thoughts of the past or future. Their hearts are more open and they are often in a state of wonder—the kind that comes from the sight of a beautiful flower or the sound of an unusual bird call.
Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has given mindfulness teachings for decades and written numerous books on the subject. He reminds us that when you eat a meal, if you are totally lost in your thoughts, you might miss out on your delicious meal. Mindful eating is about eating silently, aware of the present moment of eating. Mindfulness allows you to be fully present in the moment…in any moment in which you bring your attention back to your breath, your body and your environment.
Meditation as I teach it, is done sitting. It is a dive into silence while using the breath as an anchor to stay still. When meditation is done on a daily basis, it can serve your nervous system, your relationships, your life and even your environment in beneficial ways.
Research on mindfulness and meditation has revealed wonderful benefits for your life:
- greater ability to focus
- greater relationship satisfaction
- increased empathy and compassion
- reduced stress and anxiety
- greater calm
- health improvement
My own background with mindfulness began as a student of meditation in 1972. Meditation and breath awareness were foundations for my spiritual practice. I could see it’s profound value, for creating calm in my life and for enhancing my artistic practice.
In 2003, I began following the teachings of Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Through his talks, writings and mindfulness walks at Deer Park Monastery, he has helped me understand more clearly how to slow down and appreciate life in myself and all around me.
My sessions in mindfulness include sharing with you the keys of the practice as a framework for moving through the highs and lows of your life.
Sessions length: 60 minutes / suggested donation: $60
Location: Weather permitting, we can meet outdoors at Central Park in Manhattan, or McCarren park in Brooklyn. Or we can meet at TRS Professional Suites, 40 Exchange Pl floor 3, New York, NY 10005
To schedule a session call (917) 892-6425 or send an email request to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to sharing this beautiful practice with you.