The mind can be a busy monkey. How to find peace amongst the chatter?
There are many mindfulness practices that can support you to be at peace with whatever arises in any moment – John Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program defines mindfulness as
This way of being can be applied to walking, swimming, dancing, being in the garden, going for a walk in nature, playing with children, being with family, being on your own. It’s our capacity to notice the mind, doing what it does – thinking – and invite our awareness to pay attention, on purpose, to the present moment. Our mind is often wandering to the past or the future. It’s often the last part of this definition, ‘without judgement’ that causes people grief. The analysis, comparison, disappointment, advice that arises when we tell ourselves these stories can knock us sideways. Mindfulness practice supports us to be the witness to the flow of thoughts, to the body sensations – all things that come and go and invites us to lean into the eternal present moment.
‘May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.’ (John O’Donohue, A Blessing For Presence)
Taking time to stop and strengthen your focus, your awareness of this ‘peace within’ is a gift to one’s self and, in turn, to others. Let us ‘be the change we want to see in the world’.
With kindness and regular practice you can begin to slow down the monkey mind and create new neural pathways that gives you a greater capacity to access an inner source of peace, no matter where you are, who you are with or the stimulus you are presented with.
It is this space or presence that we cultivate in the weekly mindfulness meditation practices and also, Wendy has recorded and uploaded many of the practices here in Soundcloud Then, when we have mountains to climb or valleys to traverse within the human story, our mindful presence can support and guide us.
You are most welcome to join Wendy every Tuesday online for a mindfulness meditation. This gathering is a small group of every day practitioners, sharing a quiet place of stillness, encouragement and kindness.
Wendy is a qualified facilitator and practitioner of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)
Freely offered, donations welcome. Click here for more information and to register and receive the link to join the meeting.
Click here for an introduction to mindfulness with Openground teacher, Timothea Goddard
If you are interested in combining mindfulness meditation, nonviolent communication and somatic practices click here for more information about Ongo: Everyday Nonviolence
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