I am the founder and Director of the Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine. I completed the advanced MBSR teacher training in 1994 at the Center for Mindfulness pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and am a Certified MBSR instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at the UCSD School of Medicine. In addition, I Mentor for the mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) certification candidates there. I have taught over 80 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- 8 week MBSR and MBCT programs and have delivered hundreds of mindfulness based workshops for over 25 years. Presented mindfulness in the health care, corporate, academic, sports and private sectors and have been practicing and teaching meditation, yoga and tai chi for over 45 years.
At some point every day, we all feel a little too stressed out. We could do with just a little more energy. Incorporate these simple breathing exercises into your Yoga practice to improve your normal breathing and give you a boost of energy every day.
Teaching your kids the power of mindfulness meditation can increase their focus and creativity. It takes sometime and practice to inculcate the habit in them. Be patient, set an example, meditate together, pay attention to the breath, take it slow, teach the power of silence and it's a step by step process. Follow these suggestions and cultivate the good habit in your kid.
Mindfulness meditation is not about getting us to be different from how we already are. It is an effective approach to address anxiety and OCD issues. Mindfulness can reverse stress and fear by addressing the root driver to OCD and anxiety. It is a process of paying attention to our bodies, thoughts and emotions in the present moment. It gradually normalizes the body and fear goes away, as a result anxiety and OCD issues are cured.
Delving in the past constantly can have a negative impact, so much so that it can carry over several lifetimes. The past can affect your present, but the most direct way of affecting the results of the past is by simply attending to the experiences of the present. Hence, it's important to learn from the past but live in the present to create your future.
Mindfulness practice needs both stillness (meditation) and movement (daily awareness). During quiet wakefulness, people resistant to stillness can feel aching in muscles, itch you can’t scratch, unpleasant “tickle that won’t stop”, or even a “crawling” feeling. This is due to a neurological disorder (RLS) or our body's adrenaline factor that can be normalized over time.
If there isn't a sufficient level of suffering, discomfort, dissatisfaction,
pain there is a good chance you will not stick with that practice. It could be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or a combination, but they are the necessary motivative engines that help drive us through the inevitable resistances of practicing and sustaining the practice of mindfulness.