Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.mindfulness.org
Mindfulness is the art of slowing down and being aware of the current moment in time. As anyone who has tried it before can tell you, this is often a lot easier said than done. Many of us have probably heard of mindfulness to some extent; its popularity has grown considerably over the past few years. You can now find magazines, webpages, and exercise programs promoting mindfulness. So, what’s the big fuss?
Increased research has shown the benefits of mindfulness, and while you may not be surprised to learn that mindfulness can help you relax, there are also many other benefits of mindfulness that may surprise you. Research suggests it can help you be less prone to physical illness, help children learn to regulate their emotions, and have a profound impact on your mental health. People who practice mindfulness have been shown to have lower anxiety levels, are better in touch with their feelings, and, according to a Harvard Study, it may even be able to change the brains of individuals with clinical depression.
And yet with all of the noted benefits and the seeming simplicity of mindfulness, many still struggle. You may not be sure where to begin. Perhaps you are struggling to find time in your busy day. Maybe you are interested but unsure if it could really help you. It could even be that you are so used to putting everyone else first, that taking time to care for yourself feels uncomfortable.
That is all ok.
We’ve all been there before. It can be intimidating to try something new and adding one more thing into a busy schedule may seem beyond you. But you owe it to yourself to try. Not only is it important to value our own self-care, but the development of a more grounded, peaceful presence can be sensed by others, including our incarcerated loved ones during our interactions with them.
This is why FFIMI is so excited to be facilitating a pilot mindfulness program aimed at supporting friends and families of justice-involved loved one with mental health challenges. Created to meet us where we are at, this complementary program will teach mindful meditation/present awareness tools and allow time to practice these new skills. This 3-part virtual experiential series called “Mindful Moments of Peace” will be offered by Karen and Genoveva, trauma-informed yoga teachers who trained with the Prison Yoga Project* and who provide trauma informed yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated men and women. The goal of this introductory program is to offer an opportunity to learn and practice the following:
· The Breath
· The Quieting of the Mind
· The Gentle release of tension from the body through yoga postures
Save the Dates:
We would love for you to join us for any of the dates below.
- Monday, March 15, 2012; 7-8pm – Intro Discussion, Q&A and Short Practice Session
- Monday March 22, 2021, 7-8pm – Practice Session
- Monday March 29, 2021, 7-8pm – Short Practice Session, Feedback and Q&A
If you are interested please fill out the RSVP form to be emailed the zoom link.
*Prison Yoga Project promotes the peace, health, and well-being of people in the criminal justice system, and those supporting them. Learn more about their mission and the great work they are doing in jails and prisons here: https://prisonyoga.org