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A great way to get a good sense of what mindfulness is (and isn’t) and what it has to offer is to experience it. This 1 1/2 hour workshop introduces participants to a range of short mindfulness practices together with an overview of the core principles of mindfulness and its benefits.
Mindfulness is a gentle and effective way to cultivate awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensations.
Having an increased capacity to sit with the full spectrum of being human, experiencing it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and learning to be less reactive so that we can make better choices each day. Staying connected to the present moment helps us break free of automatic, habitual reactions that are often unhelpful for our well-being. This allows for the opportunity to respond in ways that are more skillful and reflect our true desires, values and intentions. Mindfulness also invites acceptance of our inner and outer experiences and meeting such experiences in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.
Mindfulness can calm the mind and slow things down. It has been well researched with scientific evidence mounting for its positive affect on physical and psychological well-being and its ability to produce positive lasting change in the brain.
Some benefits of mindfulness include:
- Improved sleep and increased energy
- Reduced anxiety and feelings of stress
- Reduced symptoms of depression and relapse
- Increased concentration, focus and memory
- Increased resiliency and coping with stressful events including chronic pain
- Decreased feelings of exhaustion, irritability and anger
- Increased feelings of self-worth and compassion towards self and others
- Improved physical health, immunity and feelings of overall well-being
- Feeling more connected with what really matters in your life
Heather Rea has had a keen interest and passion for preventative medicine most of her life.
Studying health and wellness for 30+ years, she's been a sponge for anything health related: nutrition, organics, exercise, environment, holism, spirituality and many more related topics.
But nothing has been as impactful as mindfulness. Learning to practice mindfulness is empowering and also has the capacity to crack your heart wide open if you allow it to.
"This practice brings me back to who I know I really am, over and over again, and I love to see that happen to others. I truly deeply believe that Mindfulness is at the core of optimal holistic health - and I love to share this practice," says Heather, with heart.
Heather’s educational background includes an MS in Exercise Science, Graduate Certificate in Complementary Medicine & Wellness, Yoga Instructor, Certified Wellcoaches Health & Wellness Coach and MBSR Certified.
She's a healthy living advocate and has been practicing mindfulness for 15 years.
Note: Mindfulness is not a religion - anyone, with any belief system can enjoy its benefits. Meditation experience is not required.
All are welcomed!
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