Mindfulness

Stress is a part of daily life, but it doesn’t have to run the way we live. We can learn to cope with life’s challenges, experiencing greater ease and gratitude. As LGBT people, we experience the typical life stressors that other people experience (work, money, relationships, body image, etc.). We also experience the challenges of coming out to ourselves and others; creating our own identity in a culture where it’s not always so easy to fit it; risking rejection by family and friends; and living in the shadow of a legal system that doesn’t always protect our families... More
Uncertainty is a feeling many of us have experienced in recent months. It’s been a fixture in news headlines, driven by the political upheaval that has followed last November’s election. This kind of macro-level uncertainty can absolutely affect how we feel in our everyday lives. And of course there are numerous personal examples - a job loss, a break-up, a move - where a sense of uncertainty about the future can create real anxiety that impacts our mental and physical health in a tangible way. You’ve probably heard the expression “the one constant in life is change... More
Are you thinking kind thoughts about yourself right now? Are you treating yourself with compassion? How would it be to say that you love something about yourself? Mindfulness practice invites us to notice what’s happening in the present moment – and to bring with our awareness the attitudes of curiosity and non-judgment. Would letting go of some self-judgment be a loving experience for you? Many people say that practicing mindfulness is an inherently loving act for a couple of reasons. The first is that we free ourselves from judgment, if only for a bit of time. Second, as we... More
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empowering 8-week course, Thursdays from May 3 – June 21, 2018 . Sessions will take place at 1348 Bainbridge Street from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Course fee is sliding scale and includes 8 weeks of instruction, workbook, meditation audio recordings, and on-going individual support. In an LGBT-supportive setting, learn mindfulness-based skills and habits that help you cope with life’s challenges by discovering how to focus the mind and to use self-awareness to make choices that support well-being... More
RSVP Here Mindfulness is a skill we can incorporate into nearly every aspect of our daily life to cope with stress, help us see our lives more clearly, and make the kind of conscious choices that are more self-affirming and supportive of our physical and mental well-being. Studies conducted by Thomas Jefferson University have demonstrated that mindfulness is effective in reducing chronic pain, medical symptoms, anxiety and depression. Other studies have proven stress... More
With the holiday season upon us, there are abundant opportunities for connection and enjoyment – in addition to stress! So much of our holiday stress is connected to outsized expectations, family tensions, financial concerns, intimate relationships, travel headaches, or other factors. Some good news: whatever the source of your stress, mindfulness can be a powerful and effective tool to help you more fully experience the things that delight you at this time of year. Mindfulness is primarily about paying attention to life in this moment. Not only can it help us enjoy more, it can help us... More