In this event, we’ll learn to cultivate mindfulness in order to reduce our levels of stress.
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, without judgement, 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.
Mindfulness is the natural path to health and wellbeing.