Do You Mind Mindfulness?

A story in our local on-line paper highlighted a new yoga studio that has integrated a formal mindfulness element to their program and details how the program is changing their student’s lives.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will be bringing Dr. Barry Kurzin back to town next month. Dr. Kurzin is a Buddhist Monk and is the personal physician to the Dalai Lama. He will be meeting and talking with nurses about burnout. UPMC’s Chief Nursing Officer, Holly Lorenz, hopes that the practice of mindfulness will become an essential and vital skill for her nursing corps.

I’ve been doing mindfulness and mediation practice for years and I know it helps. It provides me a few minutes to quiet myself and focus on simple tasks like breathing. It’s like a brief walk in out in nature where I can enjoy the beauty surrounding me and the beauty inside me.

Yet I know I am inconsistent at times and may go weeks without taking time to do some mindfulness practice. Of course, one of my teachers once reminded me that I get to appreciate the opportunity of being mindful all over again when I return to it after that time.

What about you? What do you think about mindfulness practice? Do you engage in it and if so why and what are the benefits you receive?

Or, are you sick of hearing about it?

I have a sneaking suspicion that lots of folks are very interested in using mindfulness practices for creating calm, decreasing stress, and increasing resilience but they are either unsure of how to do it or are not sure they will see enough benefits.

Post your thoughts on our forum link below or send me an email at [email protected] to let me know your thoughts about mindfulness and how it impacts or doesn’t impact your world.

© Richard Citrin, All rights reserved, 2018


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