On Saturday, June 8th, I am offering a workshop titled “Calming Your Anxious Mind with Mindfulness. It is a 6 hour workshop that will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
If you have seen the documentary “The Age of Anxiety” on CBC Doc zone, you will hear and see how rampant anxiety is in our society. On one level, it is reassuring to know that you are not the only one.
The practice of mindfulness is increasingly being recognized as an alternative way to meet this challenge of the mind and body.
One way of understanding the experience of anxiety is that is consists of a variety of body sensations, thoughts, and emotions in varying combinations. The practice of mindfulness suggests that one can learn how to work with these symptoms by changing the way one perceives them and changing one’s reaction to them. Through the practice of mindfulness one develops and gets to know a stable inner core. With persistence and effort, the capacity for mindfulness becomes more powerful than any anxiety state.
Mindfulness takes the view that the symptoms of anxiety will come and go. When they arise, the suggestion is to observe them from a place of calmness and stability and then to decide what action needs to be taken, if anything. Sometimes, the wisest action is to bring tolerance, patience, and equanimity to the experience and to accept the discomfort, for the time being. In time, one can explore the source of the discomfort.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in the practice of mindfulness in North America, suggests that the source of discomfort may be related to a sense of dissatisfaction with the present and a sense of wanting something more to happen in order to feel more complete and/or happy. He points out that there is often an underlying assumption present…..you are not getting what you want and you need to be able to get what you want in order to be content.
Try it out for yourself. Start to develop a capacity for mindfulness and investigate how mindfulness can help to handle the experience of anxiety.
Consider registering for my workshop and Saturday, June 8 and come out and explore the application of mindfulness to the experience of anxiety. You can find out more by following this link http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=5ogvtimab&oeidk=a07e7ibp2g95f0e27a4