As we cut a new path during these uncertain times, developing a mental fitness program to ward off the effects of this season is essential. Many have experienced trauma and a tentative future. Practicing Mindfulness is the key to helping you build strength and re-engage with your life.
"Kim has been providing mindfulness practices for many weeks to North Dakota state employees since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been working to control a lot of anxiety throughout the pandemic and have benefitted greatly from Kim’s mindfulness sessions. Kim’s techniques have allowed me to fall asleep more easily and better control my anxiety, which has improved my quality of life. Kim is kind, thoughtful, and very easy to relate to. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to connect with her."
The most widely used definition comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the microbiologist-turned meditation teacher who designed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR),
“Just so it is clear what I mean when I use the word ‘mindfulness,’ I am using it as a synonym for ‘awareness’ or ‘pure awareness.’ The operational definition that I offered … is that mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non- judgmentally,” he wrote.
Tim Ferriss’ description that being mindful is like sitting outside of a washing machine. When he’s caught up in his thoughts, he’s in the washing machine, but practicing mindfulness enables him to step outside and become aware of his tumbling experiences as they occur.
Shannon Harvey – Author of My Year Of Living Mindfully: “Cultivating the skill of learning to hear myself think. Mindfulness is verb, not a noun; an activity not a destination. Perhaps it’s not even an 'awareness practice,' but rather the practice of 'aware-ing'.”
Meditation is a set of techniques used to develop mindfulness, promote calmness, and increase relaxation. In today’s stress-packed world, it’s no wonder people are looking for new ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Many studies suggest that this mind and body practice may reduce blood pressure, relieve pain, lower the risk of depression, and enhance overall well-being.
Choose a mental exercise program that works for you.
"Kim, I just want to send a note saying thank you these sessions. They are a great help for me. I am currently in recovery for Alcohol and the sessions are a great resource to help me stay in the present and deal with not going back out. I have been sober for just over a year and have used mediation and prayer each morning to help me with my addiction, but with your sessions and help with how you present the sessions, I know that I will have the resources and ability to continue to stay sober and live a better way of life."
According to a Harvard study, practicing mindfulness meditation for at least 30 minutes a day can increase the grey matter in the hippocampus – which plays an important role in memory and learning.