"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." Victor Frankl, Mans' Search for Meaning
Life continues to bring us endless moments of challenges and stressors. There is too much and constant stimulation and almost none or very little opportunity for regulation (self-regulation).
The question becomes: "if life is not going to stop coming, how are we going to start living?" After implementing Mindfulness Practices in my own life, I started to be asked to help a friend, a teacher, a child, here in there. It seemed that in every space I entered there was someone in need of guidance and support on how to get through today, right here, right now, and make today matter. If anything, that today would not be one more day to make anxiety and stress levels rise, bodies ache, anger burst, and the much needed sleep impossible. The need was to make each moment the present moment, to re-learn to create connection and awareness with what was taking place inside of us and around us at any given moment.
From these small life moments of personal growth, and impacting lives I realized that I could truly reach out and make a difference. I could help and support one in improving their quality of life and overall well being. I brought The Mindful School of Nashville to life.
“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally."- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness and Attention
Mindfulness Practice supports us in learning to pay attention in a particular way, and in paying attention on purpose to what is happening inside of us, and around us in any particular time. It exists as a space between stimulus and response (versus an action and a reaction) allowing us to make a better choice for that moment. It empowers us on choosing what to do and not to do in a given moment. Living mindfully promotes attention control, emotion regulation, and self-awareness which together promotes our ability to self regulate, and manage the never ending stimuluses of life. Being intentionally focused is a skill that integrates the state of the brain to be more relaxed, attentive to life in the moment, and open. Practicing Mindfulness is what ultimately brings us this positive outcome of 'present-here-now'.
The benefits of Mindfulness Practice:
Increased Focus, Concentration and Attention
Increased Sense of Calm
Greater Ability to Respond to Difficult Emotions
Greater Compassion and Empathy
Conflict Resolution Skills
Improved Cognition (Memory and Learning)
Increased Energy Level