Being Intentionally Aware

Mindfulness isn’t difficult.  We just need to remember to do it.

Sharon Saltzberg

This workshop will explore intentional awareness or mindfulness.  It means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.  A vast amount of research demonstrates significant cognitive, emotional and physical benefits that accrue from developed mindfulness. We become more effective at dealing with everyday tasks when we are less distracted, more aware, observant, nonreactive, and nonjudgmental. We become present.

Mindful presence is not necessarily meditation.  We can be mindful in fishing, cleaning, conversing, working etc.  Nor is it merely relaxing or letting the mind drift.   Rather, it is constituted by mental ‘work’ in the sense that it is not easy, it takes focus and effort. Generally, it involves two aspects: Paying attention INTENTIONALLY to something and being aware of that awareness, LIVE