Seems no matter what kind of magazine we pick up these days it is bound to have an article about mindfulness. Whether we read general news magazines or those focused on specific areas such as business, education, and health and wellness, we keep running across articles on mindfulness.
So what is all the buzz about? Is this the latest fad, the newest hot topic discussed on television’s morning talk shows? Not at all.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice of re-training the mind to be open, with non-judgment, to whatever is happening moment by moment. Modern science and psychology have now confirmed what spiritual traditions have long known: mindfulness meditation and daily practice cultivate a wholesome mind that increases the well-being of ourselves, and, in turn, the whole world.
Mindfulness practice is currently offered in a wide variety of settings beyond expected meditation or retreat centers. Here are a few examples: school-age children learn to calm themselves as they focus on their breathing, business executives become better able to concentrate, and patients with chronic illnesses experience less pain through the practice of deep relaxation techniques. Mindfulness practice benefits all of us.
Pilgrim United Church of Christ of Fond du Lac is conducting a workshop called Mindfulness: Beginner’s Heart and Mind. It is designed for everyone regardless of their level of experience with meditation or mindfulness. The program will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. The presenter is Paula Hirschboeck, a practitioner and teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.
For information, call 920-921-0415 or visit www.pilgrimuccfdl.org/education/mindfullness/.