Mindfulness is a modern concept, which describes the adoption of a new mindset, which can measurably alter ones outlook and mood and is used as an empowering tool in the self management of anxiety and stress.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware in every possible moment, while keeping a non-judgmental outlook and at the same time observing your own bodily and emotional responses. To do this you should begin to observe the ‘self’ and any reactions to situations and others in a dispassionate way.  In other words, not be a slave to our own thoughts and the emotions that they generate, but to step back and assess before the usual reaction takes place. This powerful course will teach you everything that you need to know about Mindfulness and how to start using the techniques and principles in your daily life. The Mindfulness Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. The Pali word for mindfulness is Sati, which actually means activity and is also translated as awareness. While reading many explanations of mindfulness, I came to realize that a better understanding of mindfulness requires a tremendous amount of reading and comprehension. So where does that leave the average person, like you and I, in terms of gaining a better understanding?
Anapana Sati, the meditation on in-and-out breathing, is the first subject of meditation expounded by the Buddha.
I think this is highly relevant that it was Buddha’s first teaching on meditation, because all things begin and end with the breath. And while I do think that complete comprehension of mindfulness goes far beyond mere words, I feel confident that the breath can lead us to that deeper understanding. If we can train our minds to be constantly aware of this breath, we become more and more mindful of thoughts and feelings (physical and emotional) that arise and fall away. We all know that we are constantly breathing, now all we have to do is pay attention to this. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
One of the tenets of the Buddhist idea of mindfulness is the following: an attentive awareness of the present moment. I would like to use this image in a ppt presentation on mindfulness in a nonprofit educational setting.
Love the mindfulness graphic and used it to for a free educational wellness program at the local library, crediting you! I have used your photo in my blog where i’m talking about mindfulness because I love it so much. I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for some time now, and finally wanted to write a post on the benefits of practicing mindfulness.
Great Graphic Doug; Appreciate the generosity you show in allowing your image to be shared.
Hi Doug, I’m doing a leaflet for a university project on mindfulness and would like to know if it is ok to use your image? I am putting together a 2 page educational handout regarding Mindfullness and Health for wellness coaching. I’m facilitating Mindfulness Meditation workshops at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. I came across one of your images (the mindfulness one: past-present-future) on the wall of my yoga class room (in Rotorua, New Zealand). I would like permission to use your images in handouts for clients and to share the handouts with other colleagues. Hi Doug, I used your Mindfulness image on my therapies website a couple of years ago, I’ve now got a different website and have done a similar post on it. Would it be possible to use this image within promotional material for some mindfulness sessions?
Hi Doug, may wish to use this image as part of an in-house presentation on one of our Health & Wellbeing days as part of a Health & Safety week promotion if that is ok? Hi Doug, I am a mindfulness teacher in Australia and I am putting together a mindfulness workbook. Also, I’m hoping to do a series of free talks at other libraries and community centers over the next year – would it be OK to keep using your image for these other events, without asking permission each time? Would you mind I use your picture on my Facebook to sharing “Mindfulness” to people in Taiwan? Mindfulness is being increasingly recognised as an incredibly effective way to cope with stress and also recognised by NICE and the NHS as the most effective way to prevent relapse into depression and anxiety states. Mindfulness meditation stems from the Buddhist tradition, but has been secularised to ensure that it is fully inclusive. Mindfulness is not paying more attention but paying attention differently , more wisely and more kindly- with the whole heart and mind, using the full resources of the body and its senses. Mindfulness enables you to increase awareness so that you can respond to situations with choice, rather than react automatically.
Mindfulness is not about trying to get anywhere but to learn to be aware of where you actually are and allow yourself to be where and as you are. Both mind and body are vital to finding inner stillness and mindfulness works with both mind and body.
Mindfulness is not just about formal meditation practice,  but also teaches techniques that can be incorporated into every day life. So many of us find it difficult to `juggle’ and cope with the pressures of modern living. So, practicing mindfulness gives us more insight into our thoughts & emotions,  it boost our attention and concentration levels and improves relationships. These clinically based approaches are Intended to teach people practical skills that can help with physical and psychological health problems and ongoing life challenges.
Come along to  experience and explore the wonderful benefits that Mindfulness has to offer you. Woman Times is a weekly blog series devoted to giving voice to the women of the Central New York community. That being said, now that we have put away all the holiday trinkets, stripped the beloved tree of its ornaments, waved a cheerio!


I know, this is one more thing to do in an already overburdened day, week, month, hence year. My first experience meditating was in group settings, where everyone sits in silent solidarity, striving to release the distractions of everyday life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. I relented to pressure from my best friend to go with her to the local Zen Center to take a class combining mindfulness art with group meditation.
When I was young, my mother referred to the cobwebs hanging carelessly in neglected corners of rooms as, “boyfriends.” I asked her why she called them that.
Painful session after painful session passed until one day the acolyte leading the meditation approached me and asked me if I was having difficulty. I did return and participated in the inky art work while my ever present state of insomnia had me yawning uncontrollably.
As I lay emotionally barren on the barren floor of the meditation room, its mirage image became a vivid oasis in my mind. The experiences at the Zen Center inspired me to commit to deepening my practice or as I like to think of it, arriving at my own comfortable practice of meditation.
Roseanne Olszewski is a writer, thinker and all around spiritual disciple who believes in the power of owning your presence in the world. About Syracuse New TimesThe Syracuse New Times has deep roots in the Arts, Entertainment, Dining, and Community Events market, covering a 5 county geography in Central New York.
Many businesses and individuals are introducing powerful Mindfulness techniques into their daily routines to help relieve stress in the work place and to keep a positive outlook and to help adopt a more productive approach in life. Whether you are looking to use the Mindfulness techniques to help yourself or others, upon completion of this course you can work as a Mindfulness Practitioner either on a 1-2-1 basis or with groups of people, either in a therapy practice or in the workplace.
By adopting a mindful perspective, we observe our experience but don’t get caught up in it.
By slowing down and investigating our thoughts, feelings and experiences more carefully, we create space and time to come up with wise responses to the difficulties in our lives. We are less wrapped up in our own thoughts and feelings and so have greater ability to take others into account. We experience the world in an open way that is not so weighed down by unhelpful psychological patterns and cultivates gratitude. Through Mindfulness, we see that events, thoughts and feelings always change, and we can learn to bear experiences more lightly, and let them go. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. Even some of the most scholarly Monks that have written essays on this subject often say that much of the understanding is beyond words.
If you have no breath, then there is no thought, no feeling, no sensation, no desire, no clinging, no attachment.
And if you think of it, send me a image of your poster, I am curious to see how it fits in with your research. I’d like to use it in a power point for a workshop at Widener University on mindfulness-based body awareness for social workers and sex therapists.
They have a feeling of movement to them which is juxta posed with the idea of stillness in mindfulness meditation! Yes, feel free to use any of these images in your blog post (a link back here to this page would be much appreciated!). Secondly, feel free to share these images with those you work with – to be honest, I could use more reminders of mindfulness myself.
Yes, feel free to keep using it ?? Glad to hear you’ve checked out Verbal To Visual as well – you should give sketchnoting a try!
I’m giving a free talk at my local library on mindfulness, and the librarian and I would like to use your image on a flyer, their Facebook page, and their online event calendar. This is done by intentionally becoming more aware of our mind and thoughts, of where our attention is, how we can change that focus of awareness and the effects this has on our well-being. Every day, a quarter of a million people take time off work because of stress, with 75 per cent of all illnesses thought to be stress-related. It’s proven to help with anxiety, stress, depression, and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical pain, hypertension and heart disease. They are an integration of Buddhist practices and philosophy of mindfulness, with current psychological understanding and knowledge. Taught through meditation skills which include bringing attention to the breath and the body during stillness and movement.
I run a four session course as an introduction to mindfulness & meditation based on the clinically proven approaches of MBSR and MBCT. What’s that you say?  “I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t want to meditate, I don’t know how to meditate, I don’t believe in meditation. Meditating for me felt like sitting under a glaring annoying flickering humming fluorescent light cracking overhead creating spooky shadows around me.
It consisted of dipping the brush into ink then swiping the brush across the paper using only one stroke. My foot fell asleep, my butt was numb, my back wanted to slump and my mind would not shut down. My cryptic response was a combination of lying through my teeth and coming clean about my true state of mind. I was aware of the floor as it supported me, but then my body, as if in direct contrast to all rules of relativity, began to seep into the varnished surface.  From my mind’s eye I saw my physical body morph into the floor becoming a form of blurry weightlessness. I had no choice but to clear away the cobwebbed corners of my soul that were blocking my happiness.
We are all here for a reason, what is yours?  The owner of a Metamorphosis, Become Who You Are Meant To Be!, Roseanne works as an educator, consultant and counselor, focusing on personal development. We help an educated, affluent readership to discover options for their disposable time and income. This course is fully certified via the IANLPC, upon completion of the course assessment you will receive your Mindfulness Diploma Certificates from the IANLPC and Centre of Excellence. Mindfulness helps us get greater clarity on what is happening in our minds, and in our lives.


We create space between the urge to react and our actions themselves, and we can make considered and creative decisions about how to behave. We can be more considerate, empathic, compassionate, sensitive and flexible in our relationships. We are better attuned to ourselves, to others, and to the world, and able to act more skilfully, based on present need, rather than past conditioning. We are more able to enjoy well-being that does not depend on things going “right” or always being right.
The cartoon above is a gentle reminder to keep your mind aligned with your body in the only time we ever actually have – the present. I appreciate how you share your story, in particular the multiple exposures to mindfulness in different contexts before it really caught on. I produce a flier to advertise these free workshops, and I think the images capture the essence of how I explain mindfulness to the participants very well.
When life feels full of challenges and days seem hard to cope with, It can be hard to see light at the end of the tunnel. The two main approaches that have been developed in recent years are Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) both of which are taught over eight weeks in 2 hr or 2.5 hr. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.
Mr Larochet is practicing Mindfulness and Meditation techniques with his students to address their behavioral problems.  In the article, “Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness,” the practice is having a positive impact on their behavior.
Caught in the grips of an impending divorce, deeply strained relationships with my family and falling into desperate intimate relationships to fill the void in my life, I was a hot mess! I would discover as time went by that the shadows I was dodging were spun from cobwebs clinging in the corners of my soul.
One stroke of ink splashed across one piece of paper then on to the next all in contemplative silence.
Time was at a standstill for those around me, but I was still in a state of exhausted high gear. From this vantage point I was observing myself as if I were under the water just below the surface. Gardening and walking my dog have replaced the solid wood floor of the Zen Center as a place for me to become silent enough to encounter the Gods.
The Syracuse New Times is one of the oldest, locally owned alternative newsweeklies in America (founded 1969), delivering a welcome dose of insight and irreverence to the region. This course will take you up to 150 hours to complete from home, there is no time limit for completing the course it can be studied in you own time at your own pace. Yes, it is true, our resolutions, barely a month old, are getting harder and harder to sustain.
In fact, I stumbled upon meditation years ago in a desperate attempt to not die from insomnia. My insomnia was killing me, and I thought meditation would cure it and make me a happy person. I had a lot more living to do and many more mistakes to make before I discovered through meditation, the ‘boyfriends” hanging out in the corners of my soul were hanging there without any purpose except to cause me more work. Later, in our quieted state, we would climb the stairs to the top of the house and enter the meditation room. The acolyte insisted I join the group in any position I felt comfortable in but I had to be a part of the group. These are moments throughout the day when you’ve had an opportunity to be mindful and meditate.  When you offer a silent prayer, think of a loved one, say hello to a stranger you’re meditating. Larochette founded the Mindful Life Project in order to share his model with other schools progressive enough to acknowledge the need for alternative methods of addressing problems. The mindfulness part, well that took a while to achieve, but when I eventually opened to it, mindfulness was what really saved me.  It has taken some time, but I can say with certainty, I have fulfilled my 2002 New Year’s resolutions. Nobody likes cobwebs, those invisible sticky strings of neglected debris that stick on you with their invisible sticky-ness. Everyone was whole and well- rounded while I was sticking out, elongated with a bruised and blemished complexion. I dragged my pillow over to them with the pomp and circumstance of a spoiled child forced to join the family in the parlor after dinner. Later, meditation brought me mindfulness which brought me to conclude I am in charge of my happiness. Not just a quick swipe at the obvious coat of dust lying on the surface, but a thorough cleaning deep into the darkened recesses where the “boyfriends” hang out.
It’s the mindfulness within those moments that opens the window to your soul allowing the breeze to bring you the focus you need to reset and achieve your New Year’s goals and resolutions. It seems certain at the very least, that behavior problems in our schools contribute to an inability of students to focus on setting and achieving goals. The hard wood floor gleamed with such intensity it resembled a placid lake whose flat surface was temporarily disrupted by a gentle breeze.
Reclaim, recommit, and return to your resolution with renewed focus, what have you got to lose? All I wanted was sleep and sleep would make me happy and she seemed happy so what did I have to lose? I heard every siren that passed by and would imagine the tragic circumstances the siren was responding to. Settled down, the acolyte gently struck a gong emanating a vibrational ripple that quieted the room.
I heard the collective unison of slow inhaled then exhaled breaths knowing mine were out of sync with the group by a breath or two. More and more their rhythmic breathing influenced my breathing, slowing it down until my breath was in tandem with theirs.



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  1. 22.05.2014 at 23:24:54
    STUDENT_BDU writes:
    About alternative meditation techniques are plan on how your life will for too.
  2. 22.05.2014 at 22:17:59
    QLADIATOR_16 writes:
    And was blasted by the anger and retreat - Qi Gong is a observe of flowing.
  3. 22.05.2014 at 12:26:30
    O_R_K_H_A_N writes:
    Even if you are unfamiliar with chakras,??this meditation explains like.