Mindfulness practice brings each one of us to a place of peace here and now. You may be a ”seeker” of truth and desire to live more fully without being part of any spiritual tradition. You may be a part of a religious tradition, and will appreciate Mindfulness as a deeply rooted practice compatible with your faith. It is a way of centering in the present, open to possibility and the bounteous life we are gifted with.
Mindfulness practice helps us cultivate the capacity within for:
- appreciating our surroundings at any given moment
- reducing anxiety through awareness of stories we tell ourselves that often cause anxiety
- being more grounded in our bodies
- compassion for ourselves
- compassion for others
Scientific evidence is growing to support the effectiveness of mindfulness in cultivating these qualities. Science is discovering what many religious practitioners have known for centuries. We learn from many sources that it is good to love our neighbors as ourselves, yet often we do not have compassion for the self. Mindfulness enables us to approach our own life with curiosity, acceptance and grace, as we develop a greater capacity for compassion for others.
Dr. Gail Stearns is a mindfulness teacher with grounding in academics, religion, and meditation, who has found mindfulness deepens her spirituality and enriches her life and the lives of those she teaches.