It’s sixteen years since I first placed an ad in the Hudson Gazette, offering training in mindfulness meditation. It was a great start. Since then I’ve completed close to 500 Quiet Mind Workshops.
Back then I used a lot of Buddhist terminology; listening to my students over the years helped me let go of theory and focus on what works, what doesn’t and what really matters.
I realized that mindfulness is not an invention or a ‘method;’ it’s an innate quality of every human mind. However, you can’t take it for granted. Life is more alarming than ever. We grow increasingly dependent on technologies that fragment our attention. All this makes us vulnerable to stress, anxiety and disease.
Recently I’ve been teaching at the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre in Montreal, and at Cedars CanSupport in Montreal’s McGill University Health Centre. There’s always a waiting list for these workshops. These patients, under more stress than most of us can imagine, are finding out how mindfulness can bring peace. Many have even said they enjoy life now more than ever. That’s what happens when you develop your mindfulness muscle.
No other method matches mindfulness for its ability to penetrate, accept and let go of reactivity. Focusing on the present moment helps you change the way you react. It also sharpens your mind, getting to the root of the issues that keep getting you stuck. With practice, you let go of habitual responses, relax into a more open-ended approach to life and feel more joy.
I learned mindfulness as a Buddhist monk. Today I’m an author, teacher and coach. My mission is to help you change your life and live everyday situations to the full.