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Mindfulness Meditation (in Montreal)

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What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the non-judgmental attention we give to our moment to moment experience on purpose and is grounded in the present moment. It is an awareness of what is occurring in our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, our reactions and interactions with the world around us. This quality of attention is very different from our usual way of paying attention.

Our attention is habitually lost in the trance of the future or the past while we lose touch with what is occurring in present time, the only time that is available to us. In developing our capacity to be mindful, we can interrupt our automatic reactivity, prevent stress induced consequences and make conscious choices to respond to our lives with greater clarity and effectivness.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?: Mindfulness Meditation is a practice adapted from Buddhist Vipassana (Insight) Meditation. Mindfulness Meditation cultivates the capacity to observe the interplay of thoughts, feelings and sensations without getting lost in the stories and dramas the mind often creates. Traditionally, there is an object of attention that is focused upon and that is revisited each time the mind wanders, returning us back to the present moment.

Learning how to Meditate:

You can learn how to practice Mindfulness Meditation in both the In the Mindfulness Based Stress Management Program (MBSR) and in private sessions, through instruction in the practices of sitting and walking meditation, gentle yoga and the body scan. You will also be provided with CDs containing these guided mindfulness meditations so that you can receive support in developing your home practice.

What are some of the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation?:

  • Develops our capacity to truly ‘wake up’, to become more fully engaged in our lives and more consciously respond versus react on automatic pilot.
  • Helps to relieve anxiety and panic
  • Enhances our ability to cope with personal and work related stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties
  • Improves immune system function

Recent research findings regarding the neuroplasticity of the brain, have indicated that mindfulness meditation may be associated with structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing. Parts of the brain important for attention and sensory processing may also be thicker in meditation practitioners, who have also reported lower stress levels when compared to non-meditators.

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