Are you curious about mindfulness? In the summer of 2019, I conducted my first "Mindfulness for Everyone Workshop" from a program that has been adapted for every cognitive level so that anyone can benefit from the practice. I just started offering this workshop subsequent to writing my guidebook Mindfulness for Dementia. It came to my attention from speaking to people in individual sessions and presentations that there are a great many cognitively intact people who do not have a clear understanding of mindfulness and its benefits. There are also many who have an understanding but find the means of achieving the skill of practicing mindfulness challenging. It also came to my attention that the content of my guidebook can also accommodate those who are mindfully challenged. Once obtaining this awareness, I proceeded to create a means for all people to gain understanding and achieve the skill - by offering sessions of "Mindfulness for Everyone".
Mindfulness is an assisting practice that is part of my Acknowledge, Assess, Assist Coping Framework. The practice assists you to cope by reducing your tension through adversity and situational loss. It involves present moment living, being non-judgmental and practicing self compassion - definitely easier said than done. The benefits of living mindfully include increased concentration, attentiveness, tension reduction and calmness. The benefits definitely make it worth the effort of developing this skilled practice.
I was happy with the first session that was well attended. I received positive feedback and have people interested in returning for the next session. The attendees received a simple, clear explanation of what it means to practice mindfulness. They participated in exercises to help them pay attention and be mindful. The session was educational, engaging and enjoyable. I am looking forward to bringing it to more people. I also hope to have sparked your interest in exploring mindfulness for your #AcknowledgeAssessAssist coping toolbox.