What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice in which one pays attention on purpose to present experience, without judgment. By slowing down, being fully present, and examining the mind and emotions with acceptance, the mindfulness practitioner can find freedom from suffering. Individuals who practice Mindfulness notice an increased ability to stay in the present moment and to be more open to "things just as they are." Acknowledging present moment reality, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, is the first step toward transformation and insight. Responding versus reacting becomes a possibility. Often practitioners discover long held emotional and behavioral patterns that create stress. These emotional and behavioral patterns are the basis of mental, physical and spiritual disease or suffering. Because of insights that arise from self observation, practitioners often experience an increase in positive mind states such as joy, compassion, equanimity, and kindness.
Mindfulness Courses at AMI
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Continuing Education Courses (CEU) for professionals are at the core of what AMI offers. These courses are traditionally offered as 8-week courses, but can also be customized to meet the needs of your specific group. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been widely hailed as the premiere complimentary health intervention for a variety of physical and psychological problems. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has proven to be a highly effective intervention for people struggling with recurrent bouts of major depression. Our continuing education programs (CEU) are offered to healthcare professionals and include MBSR as well as other aspects of mindfulness training and practice.
Research has shown that mindfulness based interventions are helpful and effective for overall health and well-being, specifically:
In addition to our core mindfulness and meditation courses in Atlanta, AMI offers consultation and supervision for mental health professionals as well as individual counseling and psychotherapy. To learn more about Atlanta Mindfulness Institutes' course offerings, and to register, please visit our Services page.
The following meditations are for your use. They vary in length from 15 minutes to 45 minutes and are examples of mindfulness meditations. I hope you enjoy them.
Guided Meditations by Stephanie Swann