“You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf.

– JON KABAT-ZINN –

What is Mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the scientist who first “translated” Buddhist practices of mindfulness into a secular program, defines mindfulness as the “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.”

It was about thirty years ago, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that Jon Kabat-Zinn took mindfulness out of its Buddhist context and made it more accessible to the western world. Kabat-Zinn developed the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program MBSR to help people suffering from chronic illnesses find balance and joy despite their difficulties.

He created a technique to deal with stress and to improve quality of life, of which he already in the beginning started to measure the results.

To this day, countless other research studies prove that the practice of mindfulness leads to better relaxation, better stress handling, better concentration, more effective decision making, increased efficiency and improved general health.

Here a short clip in which Jon Kabat-Zinn talks more about MBSR.

During eight sessions, participants learn the techniques of mindfulness through four different meditations. They exercise slow yoga movements to connect body and mind. They exercise at home with the help of a dedicated workbook. And they reflect their learnings in guided explorations of experiences and insights, which generate a pleasing atmosphere in the group and often lead to friendships.

How does mindfulness training change daily life?

Training participants will learn to:

  • train the mind to be more concentrated, focused and relaxed
  • observe thoughts and emotions as passing events in order to let go of those that are stressful
  • gain insights that help make choices in parenting, the workspace and in daily life
  • be more in touch with the body, to listen and act upon vital signals (for example pain or exhaustion)
  • become aware of automatic thought- and reaction patterns
  • respond wisely to the many stimuli from daily life
  • adapt behavior to become more healthy in a way that lasts

Especially for parents mindfulness helps:

  • noticing your own feelings when you’re in conflict with your child
  • learning to pause before responding in anger
  • listening carefully to a child’s viewpoint even when disagreeing with it
  • these skills potentially help preserve the parent-child relationship, while also providing positive role modeling of how to handle difficult situations

What can mindfulness do for you as a mama, as a parent?

Mindfulness can help you to pause and plan before you respond.
We all know these moments when kids are really frustrating you. And we also know our responses to that. Mindfulness can help you to better handle these situations.

Meditation
Sessions

Are you interested in mindfulness, new to meditation or up for relaxation and ready to experience to be “in the now” and feel less stressed? A meditation session can give you just that. Enjoy time for yourself, your mind and your body with monthly group meditations.

 

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Meditation
Crash Course

Interested in Mindfulness and curious to experience more? In three weeks I teach you the basics of mindfulness and meditation. You will learn to observe thoughts, scan your body, and get acquainted with the basics of mindfulness to start finding more balance in your life.

 

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MBSR
Program

Looking for a systematic training in mindfulness? Are you interested to learn how to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and impulses? Practicing mindfulness will stimulate more ease and peace in your life, reduce suffering and you will start feeling more relaxed…

 

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Live mindfully. What does that mean?

You’ve heard that it can help you live a happier, calmer, healthier,more joyful life, but what qualities are needed to cultivate mindfulness?

Consider these attitudes of mindfulness from Jon Kabat-Zinn:

  1. Non-Judging: Learn how to become the witness to your experience. Be aware of your pulse to judge how preoccupied you are with liking and disliking.
  2. Patience: Allow things to unfold in their own time. Allow yourself to unfold in your own time.
  3. Beginner’s Mind: See the present moment as if you are seeing it for the first time. Try to let go of expectations based on past experience. Be open to new possibilities.
  4. Trust: Trust yourself. You have wisdom and goodness inside of you. Honor your feelings and your intuitions.
  5. Non-Striving: There is no goal other than to be yourself.
  6. Acceptance: Strive to see things as they really are in the present. We waste a lot of energy denying and resisting what is already there. This decreased energy can be redirected to healing and growth. We can be assured that whatever is present in the moment will surely change.
  7. Letting Go: This is about non-attachment. We have certain thoughts, feelings, and situations that the mind seems to want to hold on to. This can cause much suffering.
  8. Generosity: Trust your basic worthiness. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Give yourself the gift of stillness.