Aware with Care

Learning to be aware of your life with compassion and attention will benefit you and those around you.

Virtual Group in Mindfulness Meditation

Instruction by Carey Chilton Charyk

Wednesday evening:
4:45 – 5:15 pm
Friday morning:
8:00 – 8:30 am

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your

one wild and precious life?"

Mary Oliver

Mindfulness is awareness

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives, paying attention with intention and without judgment. This awareness strengthens our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.

Jon Kabat Zinn who developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program says this: “We have made absorption in the future and worry about the past such an overriding habit that, much of the time we have no awareness of the present moment at all. As a consequence, we may feel we have very little, if any, control over the ups and downs of our own lives and of our own minds.”

When we start noticing our automatic reactions and the ways we “get in the way” of our own healthy responses to stress, we can learn that we do have control of how we react to the stress in our lives. It is not the stress that is the problem, but how we react to the stress that leads to difficulties.

Mindfulness is awareness. The good news is you already know how to be aware. So simply put, like muscle strengthening, we develop that awareness. We do this through meditation, we cultivate a clear awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens. We put out the “welcome mat” for our sensations/thoughts/emotions and come to know them for what they really are; without a lifetime of conditioned reacting getting in our way.

Mindfulness is a skill, and like learning a musical instrument, is developed through repeated daily practice. Mindfulness is a brave path that includes cultivating the wish to move from narrow to open, to a more flexible adaptable stance in your life. With practice, and over time our own true ease and love appears. We practice meditation to reconnect with our true nature.