WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
A simple but good definition of mindfulness is: Mindfulness is paying attention in a certain way to the present moment without judgement. One strong way to practice mindfulness is by sitting in quiet meditation. Mindfulness has it's roots in Buddhism but a secular practice has become popular in Western culture recently. One reason for the growing interest and practice of mindfulness can be linked back to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and the MBSR program that he created in 1979. Currently, mindfulness is being used in creative and useful integrations in schools systems and clincal practices; with veterans and prisoners; and police units and medical centers. ,
Silence for Children offers a variety of mindfulness programs through our organization - MAP Mindfulness. There are programs to get your family started with bringing this natural and important tool into everyday life. Our programs include specific offerings for children, parents, teenagers, and digital mindfulness.
Mindfulness for parents
Sign up for a beginners class on starting a daily meditation practice and other ways of bringing mindfulness to your life. The 6-week course includes many resources including information on what current research is showing about benefits and other mindfulness related topics. Join a community of learners with an instructor who is passionate about mindfulness for the family.
Mindfulness for teens
Teens are an especially suitable group that can benefit from mindfulness meditation. The pressure and stress that can be present during these years can become greater with the presence of always-on digital communication technology. In our age of distraction, teenagers can benefit from using the tool of mindfulness for their relationships and personal well-being.
There is an art to living in a digital world where we can stay connected and inspired by technology yet balanced, mindful and present in our lives. Join us in the two-hour workshop to look at how technology impacts the lives of our children and discover ways that we as parents can understand how we can empower and explore what it means to become a digital citizen at any age.