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Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness: Finding Peace in Every Moment

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Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness: Finding Peace in Every Moment

Research shows that we spend, on average, 48% of our time in distracted states of mind—caught up in thoughts that are unrelated to what we’re doing. Thinking is compulsive! The same research shows that these distracted thoughts are detrimental to our happiness. Compulsive thinking makes us unhappy! In extreme cases, our compulsive thoughts create out-of-control states of depression or stress.

The antidote to this is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience. It involves observing our experience rather than merely participating it in. When anxious or depressive thoughts arise, for example, we can simply notice them, and choose not to get drawn into the stories they try to create for us. We are then free to choose responses to stressful situations that make life less stressful for us, rather than more.

On this month-long course, we’ll learn to cultivate mindfulness in order to reduce our levels of stress.

Course benefits

On this course you will:

  • Learn to observe difficult feelings with a non-judgmental attitude
  • Lower your stress levels and seen decreases in stress-related symptoms
  • Develop an increased ability to relax and enjoy each moment
  • Observe reduced pain levels and/or a better ability to cope with any pain that may not go away
  • Cultivate an attitude of greater friendliness and kindness toward yourself
  • Enhance your emotional resilience and be better able to cope with stressful situations
  • Discover ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities, such as driving, eating, walking, and listening

Course format

On this course you will get:

  • Daily emails offering support, encouragement, and guidance
  • Access to six guided meditations to help you develop mindfulness, acceptance, and an attitude of self-care
  • The opportunity to connect with others in a friendly and supportive community, and to have personal contact with the instructor

What other participants have said

  • “I am approaching my practice with more confidence, creativity and faith, and it has become altogether more natural.The course has also been a springboard for deeper investigation into the foundation of Buddhist thought.” Julia E.
  • Thank you for providing this course. It really helped calm my mind about trying to ‘do’ meditation perfectly. I think I can relax more about meditating and mindfulness, using triggers during the day and breathing mindfully. Rebecca M.
  • “I can’t thank you enough for letting me take this journey with you, I’m a better, calmer, more mindful person, for it.” Lin G.
  • “I just completed my first meditation to the guided meditation on feelings and am quite astonished. When I brought a person to mind I associate with unpleasant feelings, you talked about suffering. This is the first time I really experienced viscerally the suffering. It brought tears to my eyes to acknowledge the suffering I create for myself by my judgments of this person. Profound.” Andrea S.

About the instructor

BodhipaksaBodhipaksa has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for around 25 years. He formerly taught meditation in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Montana, and for several years ran a thriving retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. He is the author of more than a dozen books and audiobooks, and has been published in six languages. In 2001 he founded Wildmind, an online meditation center. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist order since 1993. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in New Hampshire. He has two children.

Scholarships are available

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who would like to participate but are unable to make a donation. If you would like to take advantage of one of these scholarships, please write to us: mark@wildmind.org.

Questions, comments, problems?

Email mark@wildmind.org

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