This Thanksgiving I’d like to express my gratitude to each of you who has worked with me over the years, cultivating mindfulness in your life, those who read the Mindful Moment, and those who engage in mindfulness practices in whatever way you do. Your practice is a gift to yourself and to the world around you.
While I regret that it has been some time since the MM has published there is an unfortunate but valid reason. I have been dealing with a family member’s illness and subsequent death overseas. I can’t tell you how tremendously helpful it has been to rely on moment-to-moment mindful awareness to get through this extremely stressful period. This is why we say, “Practice now, so that when it gets hard you will know the way.” I can’t imagine how I might have coped otherwise!
I’ll be leaving on a silent retreat very soon, unplugging, refueling and regenerating, among the other myriad benefits of going on retreat. I’ll be in Thailand in January and returning stateside the beginning of March to get back to teaching and coaching. Two MBSR courses are being offered beginning late March and I am committed to getting the online MBSR Continuation Group posted for graduates. More on that to come.
If you haven’t checked out Mindfulness Matters’ new website please do. The site is still a work in progress but incomparably better than the webpage I had for so many years! By the way, the last blog post on the site links to the Time magazine article on a recent study highlighting how amazingly effective mindfulness practice is for helping ease both physical and emotional pain. Meanwhile, you can also follow us on Mindfulness Matters on Facebook; share any and all of this information with anyone you think might benefit from learning to live a more mindful life.
I always welcome your ideas, feedback or just checking in with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many blessings, peace and grace to you and yours this holiday season and all year long.