Mindfulness Training for Therapists and Nurses
Mindfulness training is very “in” and although many folks out there are offering mindfulness training – few of them actually have had much training or experience themselves. YOU ARE IN LUCK. Micki Fine of Mindful Living in Houston has been practicing and training others in mindfulness for years and is considered by many to be the local guru in this discipline.
As a professional in the medical, behavioral or addiction field – being able to combine mindfulness with our clinical expertise is a great advantage in helping our clients. And we reap the benefits of this practice too.
Mindful Living’s 8-week MBSR course designed for Mental Health Pros is beginning next week on Sept. 11th from 1 – 3:30 pm in Houston, Texas. They still have a few spots left…but they are likely to fill up fast.
You can learn more and register by following this link:
Micki Fine / Living Mindfully
Mindfulness Training for Therapists and Nurses / Houston
More Mindfulness with Micki Fine:
Houston dates for Micki Fine’s MINDFULNESS groups:
January 27th, 2015 – 6-8:30 p.m. – Tuesday evening course
January 29th, 2015 – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Thursday morning course
April 9th, 2015 – 6-8:30p.m. – Thursday evening course
July 11th, 2015 – 1–3:30pm – Saturday afternoon course
Sept. 10th, 2015 – 6-8:30pm – Tuesday evening course
This course consists of 8 weekly sessions, each lasting 2 1/2 hours. In addition to practicing mindfulness meditation, the class provides support for the participants in fostering a daily meditation practice, and discussion about how to integrate mindfulness into various aspects of every-day life. There is a day-long silent retreat in the sixth week of the class to help participants deepen their meditation practice.
All Time Is Good
All time is good. There are surely days when we doubt that time is good. And at various moments in our life, pain and our own suffering may keep us even further from embracing this truth – let alone even consider it.
But in all our frantic pacing and obligations, entrenchment in the past, unhealthy habits and worrying for the future – we lose today. And guess what? Today is life. This is it. It will become what we reflect on as our past and what impacts our future. Yet we dismiss it and fail to be present in it. To reap the amazing life right here, in this moment. Disillusionment, obsessive unfulfilling patterns and a lack of gratitude for what we do have all amount to a form of continual suffering.
In positive psychology a lot of emphasis is placed on the idea that it’s important to know not only how to alleviate suffering, but also how to improve the quality of life and how to develop strategies that can make life worth living – to be able to embrace and cultivate happiness in our own lives.
“The fact is that all time is good. It is learning why this is true that is so difficult.” – Joan Chittister
You have today, this moment. Use it. It takes very little to bring a little happiness to another person’s life. You may even find by doing so – you brought a little to yourself along the way.
Texas Recovery Support
All Time is good – Live Better Live Now
Developing a Joyful, Awakened Heart Through Mindfulness
Literature about mindfulness says that every life has 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. The mindfulness practices described in The Need to Please: Mindfulness Skills to Gaining Freedom from People Pleasing and Approval Seeking enables us to open to these joys and sorrows fully by helping us to cultivate an awakened heart. It that has been beautifully described as having four beautiful qualities or Divine Abodes: loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
Since many mindfulness books are about relieving suffering, their main emphasis is on the sorrows and not the joys of life, so the specific meditation practice to promote joy often isn’t discussed explicitly. Because joy is deeply important to our wellbeing, I will focus on it here. Being present for some of the 10,000 joys can provide a balance to the suffering that can often feel heavy.
Some joys in life seem to really grab our attention such as a quiet sunset on the beach or a newborn baby’s momentous arrival. Other common experiences, like taking a sip of water or walking to the car, can be joyful if we see these events through the eyes of mindfulness. Through mindfulness we can become grateful for the blessings in our lives, great and small, and thus able to experience joy more often than just on special occasions or when things are just right. Through mindfulness and joy meditation we might even awaken to joy in spite of everything and in simply being alive.
Here are a couple of tips to grow more joy in your life:
Intentionally cultivate gratitude by taking time to stop, let go of judgment, and purposefully look for life experiences for which to be grateful. Record these moments in a gratitude journal.
Practice a meditation on joy by repeating the following wishes for a loved one. You can practice this while sitting quietly or more informally as you go through your day.
May you be joyful.
May your joy increase.
May the causes of joy and happiness multiply.
Micki Fine – Developing a Joyful, Awakened Heart Through Mindfulness