About Mindfulness Matters Institute
The institute seeks to provide the benefits of mindfulness training through individualized classes, seminars, and retreats. In today’s busy world we are faced with the challenge of finding balance: balance within ourselves; balance between our own needs and the needs of loved ones and work. Research shows that individuals who learn and embrace mindfulness practices improve their ability to be aware and present, expand life choices and opportunities, and decrease stress, tension, and distractions. For employers, this may mean improved employee performance and satisfaction, and decreased absenteeism, tardiness, or health related problems. For athletes, this may mean an increased ability to self regulate emotions and thoughts with acceptance, non-judgment, and renewed commitment toward performance. For individuals, couples, and families, this may mean improved relationships with self and others that are nourishing and healing.
Why Mindfulness Matters
Mindfulness practice has gained national and international attention due to the growing body of research documenting how mindful practices can help to improve one’s health, presence, and focus in daily living. The public’s awareness of mindfulness is greatly attributed to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts who developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum for medical settings. This foundation has paved the way for mindfulness interventions with all populations (individuals, families, and couples) and in various settings (corporations, athletic arenas). One of reason that mindfulness has gained in momentum is because stress is universal, everyone can relate to some form of stress whether it be tension, pressure, or self-destructive patterns. In the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn, “The alternative to being caught up in this self-destructive pattern is to stop reacting to stress and to start responding to it. This is the path of mindfulness for daily life.” Incorporating mindfulness-based practices in our day-to-day life creates possibilities for de-cluttering our mind, de-stressing our life, and embracing more of who we want to be.