Mindfulness is about strengthening one’s capacity to pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. It helps people live in the “now”, increasing their presence and self-awareness across situations. Other benefits may include, but are not limited to: increased relaxation, decreased stress, improved focus, better sleep, decreased anxiety/depression/ADHD, improved immune system, and clarity around behavioral/thought patterns (which lead to powerful opportunities for change).
Mindfulness techniques teach the practitioner to go within to observe oneself, rather than seeking externally. In a culture constantly advertising the next best thing, where many of us are overly reliant on our devices and multitasking has become the norm, “stopping to smell the roses” seems anachronistic. Mindfulness helps practitioners find more joy in the little things (a child’s smile, a sunset, a walk down the block) and can often serve to reset priorities.
Dr. Kraslin is delighted to be offering an ongoing mindfulness group. The group combines Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, DBT’s mindfulness training and Insight Oriented meditation techniques. It is ongoing, in that participants may join at any time (as long as there is an opening). Each group member is actively encouraged to adopt, maintain and/or deepen their daily mindfulness practice.
The mindfulness group meets on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 with an extended group (4:30-8:30) six times per year. These longer sessions offer the opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice and experience a “retreat” from daily patterns and routines. Groups are capped at eight members and cost $75/session (some sliding scale availability).
This group is led by Dr. Nikki Kraslin who has been intensively trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She has been a practitioner of Insight Meditation since 2008, maintaining a daily mindfulness practice and attending yearly, week-long silent meditation retreats. Dr. Kraslin is also currently participating in a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program through the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. The training is co-led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach (internationally renowned meditation instructors who both hold doctorates in clinical psychology).