Many of you have asked for an outline of take-aways from our break-out sessions. I'll start with mine (this is Cory) on mindfulness. Stacy and Molly will follow-up soon.
So here's what I wanted to convey about mindfulness and self-care:
- Mindfulness (as defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn) is "paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, with compassion and without judgment."
- There is a sense of gentleness, openness, and kindness to mindful attention.
- Mindfulness is a doorway to self-care, in that it gives you time and space in the midsts of your daily life to notice your relationship to yourself. Once you've got your own attention, there's an opportunity to pause and adjust the way you're treating yourself in favor of kindness.
- Regular (or even occasional) meditation practice supports your ability to be mindful throughout the day.
- A wonderful starting place for meditation is to sit quietly and repeat to yourself, "May I be well. May I be happy. May I be fully at ease."
- Call yourself "Sweetheart." When you address yourself (with your inner voice) use any fond pet name that reminds you how worthy of love, respect and kindness you are. Make it a habit.
- ENCOURAGE, CONSOLE and APPRECIATE - You can build a peaceful, nurturing relationship with yourself when your self-talk is encouraging, consoling and appreciative.
- It is important, and possible, to be kind to every part of yourself, even the parts you're not proud of.
- The way you treat yourself is reflected in the way you treat others, whether you're aware of it or not.
- Your kids are learning how to treat themselves from your example. Nurture yourself with kindness and let a joyful inner resiliency be your gift to them.
KEEP IN TOUCH AND KEEP LEARNING THE GOOD STUFF...
It so happens that my next Yoga Book Club series will feature THE JOY DIET, 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life, by Martha Beck. One of my all time favorite books, THE JOY DIET is accessible, entertaining and profoundly life-changing. Yoga Book Club is pretty fantastic, too.
Yoga Book Club meets on Thursday mornings from 9:30AM - 10:45AM at the Wellesley Recreation Warren Building. It's a weekly workshop with group discussion, self-reflection, yoga and guided meditation. Each element is intended to help learn and absorb new material. Much like the Wellesley Wellness Retreat, the women at Yoga Book Club are wise, supportive and genuinely good company.
Spring session begins April 14th. You can find out more about Yoga Book Club here.
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Stay tuned for take-aways from Molly and Stacy. We're already planning our next Wellesley Wellness Retreat event...
Hope to see you all again soon!
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