“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” Sharon Salzberg
“Meditation practice is a way of making friends with ourselves. Whether we are worthy or unworthy, that’s not the point. It’s developing a friendly attitude to ourselves, accepting the hidden neurosis coming through.” Trungpa Rinpoche
Mindfulness is a practice, a skill and a state of being.
We live at the effect of many conditions; things we can control and things we cannot. Mindfulness is not about controlling life or our feelings, but rather learning how to be skillful, loving and aware of our thoughts. This is what Shakyamuni Buddha taught over 2500 years ago. Mindfulness is about our bare attention to what is present in each moment. No special dressing, nothing added. It is not creating anything or subtracting anything either. Rather, it is a skill that treats all experiences kindly and equally. In time and with practice, mindfulness leads us to the richness of human qualities like compassion and equanimity. This is where our mind and hearts become tender, deeply accepting and unconditional providing us respect for our inner world and the chaotic world around us.
Our vision at Sarana Institute is to be a support and resource as you develop, sustain and transform through the skills of mindfulness practice. Today, mindfulness is popular, yes, and its face in the journals of neuroscience, psychology, and medicine is very present as more research reveals its benefits. We are lucky to live in such times, when mindfulness and contemplative practices, recognized for centuries as tools for “awakening” our inner goodness, are being researched and understood from a scientific lens. However, just because it is good for you, doesn’t mean you’ll do it. So we are of the mind, as Pema Chodron has stated: “Start Where You Are”.
It’s all about YOUR Mindfulness practice. Like all good intentioned endeavors, we need real tools and skills that support us and help us to develop new habits. We believe the skills must be grounded in daily “sitting” practice, but also in everyday mindfulness practices and skills that remind us to pause, observe, and ground our selves in the present moment. Simultaneously, we will gain confidence in our ability to let go of unhealthy states and nourish the life-affirming ones. The more you practice, the better you feel. We must remember that through the capacity for compassion, equanimity and wisdom will come the means to fully transform long standing mental and emotional patterns that challenge us .
One of goals over the next few years is provide mindfulness training opportunities to fit the varying needs of the community. By inviting local and visiting teachers from a diverse field to teach, we are hosting a variety of paths in establishing your practice and in mapping your mindfulness skills into everyday life. Through ongoing courses and classes, as well as workshops, retreats and training, in conjunction with our Resource Pages, you will have access to a wide variety of approaches from within both secular and non secular mindfulness traditions.
2017 Courses :
- Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat
- Mindfulness & Compassion Training for Healthcare and End-of-Life Professionals
If you are interested in mindfulness training, please contact us and we will notify you as soon as more courses and programs become available.