- Mindfulness: From East to West
If you are like me, you live in a world of distraction. Multiple things have the potential of distracting us from what we intend to do. For example, you may be one of those people who log into the internet with the intention to look for something that would take few minutes, and then go back to what you were doing. However, what may happen? You start clicking on ads you see, articles, or images, and instead of being on the internet for 15 minutes, you stayed for an hour! This action distracted you from what was important and took precious time from your work; your family; your life. It is because of all these distractions that people are getting more and more into being present with their lives. Into being mindful.
However, mindfulness didn’t start just few decades ago…it actually started with the Buddha!
Ligia M. Houben , MA, FT, CGC, CPC, ChT, has a Masters Degree in Religious Studies and taught World Religions for 9 years in Miami Dade College. One of her favorite religions to teach with Buddhism!
Susan D’Agostino is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of experience, who is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She teaches how to utilize meditation and mindfulness meditation practice in your daily life to improve over health and well-being.
Buddha says “I teach stress and the ending of stress”
You will learn how to recognize the existence of stress, its causes and how to let go of them through mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness-of-breathing is an ancient technique to relieve suffering and stress.
You will also learn other simple techniques of mindfulness and how to incorporate them in your daily life in order to live a healthy, happy, peaceful and compassionate life.
We hope you join us in this journey from East to West.
Do you feel something is paralyzing you in your life?
Do you want to let go of fear? Do you experience anxiety? Are you creating the life you want or are allowing circumstances to mold your life, because of your fear to take action?
Most of us face situations where we may have fear or we may not act because we are paralyzed. It’s been said “fear paralyzes” and it may happen to us when we are going through a change, when we are facing a new situation, or when we need to make important decisions.
Too many people postpone living out of fear. We may choose to stay in a situation, in a relationship, or in a place of work, because of fear. We may choose to stay in what is familiar to us, instead of taking risks and see what happens. We say we are happy the way we are, or at least, satisfied. We promise ourselves that one day we will have the courage to make those changes. We tell those around us, “not now, I still have time.” However, deep inside of us, there is a pressing thought, “What if I do not have time?” All of a sudden, and before we realize it, time has slipped through our fingers; and those dreams, projects, and contributions to the world we wanted to do have just stayed in plans. We look back and wonder: What did I do with my life? Thinking about this reality can help you evaluate your life NOW, and give more meaning and purpose to your life. Today is the perfect time when you can ask yourself: Am I living the life I want? Is fear stopping me from becoming who I really want to be? Am I limiting myself out of fear? The greatest limitations are the ones we have in our minds. Now is the time when you can make the decision: either to remain locked behind a door of doubts and fears, or to open it to new possibilities, and transform yourself into the amazing human being you can be.