Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Welcome to The Mindful Journey
Mindfulness is an effective way of doing something for yourself to improve your own health and well-being. It’s a way of consciously and systematically waking up to your life. Inviting investigation, with kindness and curiosity, to what is present, moment by moment. And through this, the possibility of restoring balance in all aspects: body, mind and soul.
Why Practice Mindfulness?
Do you feel caught up in the urgency of life? Caught up in your head about what you think is important? Feel like you can’t catch your breath?
Are stress and anxiety affecting you from living the life that you want?
Do you feel that although you have the ability to connect online 24/7, you sometimes feel disconnected from yourself?
Do you suffer from a chronic medical condition or chronic pain and want to find a different way of relating to it?
As you consider that we are all subject to old age, illness and death, how do you want to live your life?
Mindfulness practices can help you learn to live life in a way that is nourishing. It’s being curious, and interested in a friendly way, to what you are experiencing. Through practicing mindfulness, you begin to pay more attention to what is happening in your mind and body. Relating to yourself in this way can ease stress and make you feel more connected to yourself and those around you.
Benefits to Mindfulness Practice
Frequently Asked Questions
I have such a hard time sitting still and focusing, will I be able to do this?Mindfulness exercises can be compared to physical exercises, one can train attention through mindfulness exercises, like one can train muscles at the gym. Mindfulness isn’t really about sitting in full lotus, like a statue, but even so it can be challenging to sit still. We will explore different ways of working with this if you are having difficulty.
Is there research that supports the benefits of mindfulness practices?There is significant research that supports the effectiveness of mindfulness. In fact, the MBSR course is one of the most researched mindfulness-based interventions with many scientific studies providing evidence of its benefits. Research shows that mindfulness changes our brain and biology in positive ways, improving mental and physical health.
Is there a difference between mindfulness and meditation?Mindfulness is a form of meditation. It is the practice of cultivating awareness to what is happening in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity.
Is this a Buddhist practice?Although historically connected to Buddhist practices, these teachings are nonsectarian and are compatible with all faith-based traditions.
“I recently attended a workshop with Jessica and it was a very pleasant experience. Jessica has the true gift of connecting with people on a personal level. Her warm, compassionate personality made the workshop particularly inviting. Jessica’s ability to create a safe, nurturing space, was one main factor in my ability to relax and enter into a meditative state. She incorporated a combination of helpful techniques based on her vast knowledge of the subject, and the opportunity for the group to experience the teachings first-hand. I loved her explanation of what mindfulness is, it’s science-based efficacy, and how it can make a profound difference in a person’s life. Her enthusiasm was obvious as well as contagious. I highly recommend Jessica Williamson as a Mindfulness Facilitator, and look forward to experiencing more of what she has to offer in the future."
RYT- 500 Certified Yoga Instructor