What is Mindfulness Training?

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Mindfulness simply describes the experience of being fully present in the moment & accepting what is occurring with compassion and without judgment.  This includes being fully aware of what one is experiencing through the senses and internally.  The concept of mindfulness can be traced back to ancient Buddhist teachings and a type of meditation technique called Vipassana.

One begins by simply becoming aware of the breath, without changing it in any way.  Through simple and effective techniques, the practitioner begins to expand that awareness to the senses, thoughts and emotional energies.  Mindfulness is an evidence based practice that helps decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduces symptoms of many forms of mental disturbance and reduces stress related issues.  The practice increases focus & productivity as well as reducing negative thinking patterns.

Bodhi has studied mindfulness techniques with Buddhist teachers (lamas) and monks, and formally in Graduate school as a counselor in training.  She has been certified to teach meditation since 2010, and has taught hundreds to use these techniques successfully.

 

In 2009, she was certified to use bio/neuro feedback as a support to learn mindfulness quickly and easily using special technology that gives immediate signals when the brain and body have reached a calm, relaxed state.

In mindfulness training sessions, Bodhi uses the Muse Headband which reads the brain waves, heart and respiration rate.  The headband feeds back to an app which plays sounds in tandem with the body.  For example, one could choose the sound of a rainforest.  When the mind is active one hears a storm, and as the mind calms, the rain stops and one hears birds chirping.

This quickly attunes the practitioner to the sensation of a calm, relaxed mind.  This technology can help one increase focus, increase the ability to reach and maintain a calm mind and overcome the effects of emotional triggers.  

The benefits of mindful awareness and non judgement quickly begin to expand from the practice to increasing presence and calm in the practitioner's daily experience.

Learn more about the scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness training in this article from Forbes magazine and in this article from Psychology Today.