Mindfulness Meditation Mindfulness Meditation, borrowed from Eastern Buddhist meditation practices, has become a highly researched practice in the realm of psychotherapy and continues to show exciting results in transforming our experiences of life.
Mindfulness meditation is a simple practice that allows us to observe and see ourselves clearly. The practice encourages the adoption of a belief in our inherent goodness, a compassionate curiosity towards our patterns, and a practice of gratitude and loving kindness towards ourselves and others.
I began my journey with Mindfulness practice at the Shambhala Meditation Centre about 15 years ago. I have followed, in particular, the teachings of Pema Chodron. I have more recently been following the teaching of Tara Brach.
Mindfulness practice has become much more than a sitting meditation. It has become a practice of embracing ourselves and our life. I invite my clients to explore that practice throughout our sessions and into their daily lives.
“When we begin to see clearly what we do, how we get hooked and swept away by old habits, our usual tendency is to use that as a reason to get discouraged, a reason to feel really bad about ourselves. Instead, we could realize how remarkable it is that we actually have the capacity to see ourselves honestly, and that doing this takes courage. It is moving in the direction of seeing our life as a teacher rather than as a burden. This involves, fundamentally, learning to stay present, but learning to stay with a sense of humor, learning to stay with loving-kindness toward ourselves and with the outer situation, learning to take joy in the magic ingredient of honest self-reflection.” - Pema Chodron
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