MINDFULNESS STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM

“Mindfulness is the meditative practice of non-judgmental attentiveness to our experience in the present moment.”

It focuses on developing two fundamental skills: awareness and equanimity. Awareness is the ability to concentrate attention on what is going on right now, whereas equanimity is the ability to remain calm and relaxed in the midst of any stressful situation. It sounds simple yet very much applicable to daily life situations!

Since we are most of the time occupied by our memories of the past or worries for the future, we don’t have the power to experience the present moment to our full capacity, concentrating all of our mental, emotional and physical skills to get the best possible ‘outcome of the moment’.

However, the practice of mindfulness can completely change our life, and changes are noticeable almost immediately.

Being rooted in ancient practice, the positive effects of mindfulness meditation have lately also been recognized by the scientific community. Mindfulness has been used to help people cope with daily life stressors and a wide range of health issues including cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune system disorder, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and also boosts your concentration and productivity.

While the science endorses its supportive role, we, at the Art of Life Community Health Centre, approach mindfulness as a way of living. What we are working towards goes beyond the typical sitting meditation practice. Rather, we are aiming to cultivate a mindful way of living that helps us to engage more fully with life by changing how we relate to our external circumstances and internal experiences. This ability to balance our lives can happen through consistent practice and support from others who are also on this journey.

We invite you to begin the learning process towards mindfulness and experience a way of effectively coping with the stresses and thriving despite all of life’s challenges.

The Art of Life Community Health Centre has been committed to using an integrative approach to improving our patients’ physical, emotional, and mental health. Aiming to merge the art and science of positive growth and healthy living, we are offering an 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction course taught by an experienced instructor.
 This program component was developed to help young adults overcome the multitude of emotional and psychological challenges brought on by the pressures of school, family, and society. Teenagers who are suffering from psychological stress, various social and learning disabilities, like ADD/ADHD or some types of autism, will especially benefit from the Mindfulness Meditation classes.

*NEW- “Parenting is difficult – Mindfulness Can Help”!

The demands of life often affect our ability to be parents and to deepen our relationships with our children. The ability to listen to our kids and maintain a calm attitude is important for developing trusting child-parent relationships. This program component is tailored for parents who are looking for a new perspective on handling work and family pressures with greater patience and understanding.

We have already achieved some impressive results. Based on the 99 questions survey filled out at the beginning and at the end of the course, over 90% of class participants reported observable changes in their fundamental skills of concentration and paying attention, improved physical and emotional health, and better eating and sleeping.

TESTIMONIAL


“Mindfulness meditation was indeed a new thing for me. But it impacted my approach to certain situations making life a lot simpler and enjoyable. Without this knowledge, I would never have overcome barriers such as stress. I found Lou a great coordinator and an inspiration; his life story encourages me to become a more self-aware and humble person.” Michelle Age 13

“Because everyone deserves to Love & to be Loved while achieving their highest potential”

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