Mindfulness = My Enlightenment

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a wellness program to help you discover practical ways to be connected with yourself as well as to a way to look at every day behaviors and actions to guide you and enhance your life. Using meditation as a tool to bring the consciousness of your mind to your attention.

  • What if you could reduce your level of stress?
  • What if you could perform at the top of your game even when you doubt yourself?
  • What if you could improve your quality of sleep?
  • What if you could enjoy your time with friends or family more?
  • What if you could feel renewed?

In an 8 week class you will learn tools to express yourself, to see your mind, to nurture and to care for your well being. You will also learn how to find deep rest.

After a few weeks, you will experience the awareness of your left (the analytical and judgmental hemisphere) and right (the more creative or emotional) brain.  As you meditate, the thinking patterns of the brain activate the hemispheres and the communication highway increases. The better and more refined the highway, the more and the faster information can flow between the left and right hemisphere.

//www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/cff53320-040b-11e5-93f4-f24d4af7f97d“>Dr. Sara Lazar explained her findings:

“We found differences in brain volume after eight weeks in five different regions in the brains of the two groups. In the group that learned meditation, we found thickening in four regions:

1. The primary difference, we found in the posterior cingulate, which is involved in mind wandering, and self relevance.

2. The left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.

3.  The temporo parietal junction, or TPJ, which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.

4. An area of the brain stem called the Pons, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced.

The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general. That area got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.” The Washington Post, May 2015 

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