This coming Saturday, September 14, I am offering a one day, 6 hour workshop titled: Calm Your Anxious Mind with Mindfulness”.
In my experience and in the experience of the many participants in my mindfulness programs over the years, anxiety is ubiquitous. At the same time, it is a very demanding emotion as the experience of anxiety will often narrow our focus and increase our desire to be rid of its many potential symptoms.
This may partially explain the popularity of anti-anxiety medications. In my life, I have had many responses to the experience of anxiety. My view is that the medications have a place, however, at the same time, the experience of anxiety may also be a call to learn more about this reaction in ourselves.
There is a plethora of research to suggest that the symptoms of anxiety can be reduced significantly through the practice of mindfulness.
It is within this domain, that I offer a one day workshop on exploring the potential for mindfulness as a resource for coping with anxiety.
At the center of learning to handle anxiety involves an exploration of our heart’s potential for compassion, kindness, and generosity. This may involve starting to relate to our experience in a radically different way as many people report the experience of anxiety as a reason to be self critical and judgmental.
To speak of our heart’s potential, I realize that many people may write off this approach.
It is very easy for some to not want to make any room for anything that speaks of knowing ourselves other than through our thoughts. It may easily be thought of as frivolous and mere nonsense. It is for this reason that I would like to share a quote that I read many years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn about the practice of mindfulness meditation. I share it with you today to see whether it resonates in your mind and heart.
“Meditation (mindfulness) is not for the faint-hearted nor for those who routinely avoid the whispered longing of their own hearts. It is for individuals interested in the adventure and challenges of self-exploration and transformation, for those who wish to taste and explore new ways of knowing and new ways of being-not someone else’s but one’s own, developed by listening more carefully to one’s own moment to moment experience”.
Mindfulness by definition involves paying attention in a systematic way to our moment to moment experience. As it turns out, knowing our experience can be more challenging than it seems. For example, when our experience isn’t to our liking, it is natural to turn away from the discomfort. I think anxiety would certainly be an example of experience that is not to our liking.
Consider coming out to the workshop this Saturday to start to explore the capacity for mindfulness to transform your understanding and ways for handling this challenging human experience – the experience of anxiety.
The workshop is on Saturday, September 14 at Practical Wellbeing, 1301 1oth Avenue SW. It runs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The cost is $84 plus GST.