Mindful Emergence

The Reminding Project draws from evidence-based best practices in mindfulness and leadership to develop core mindfulness skills for leading with courage, compassion, and clarity in a complex world. The core mindfulness skills work together to create conditions for emergent solutions that inspire people, creativity and progress.

Focus

Focus is the ability to screen out distractions and attend fully to the selected task, person or object of attention.

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Curiosity

Curiosity is the ability to maintain a genuine interest and care for the current situation and person, even when the situation or person is evoking negative feelings.

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Awareness

Awareness is the ability to maintain an open and non-reactive stance of witnessing the occurrences in the outer world and inner self, including thoughts, emotions and body sensations.

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Inner Calm

Inner calm is the ability to notice and stay with the reactions and judgments arising with respect to a situation or person with an open mind and not giving in to the urge of reacting based on the arising judgments.

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Compassion

Compassion is the ability to see perspectives, feel emotions, and have a desire to ease the suffering in others and even within oneself.

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Balance

Balance is the ability to see and hold different perspectives including the different mindfulness skills such that one can see if some skills are in excess or deficient, preventing imbalance. Mindful emergence involves a continuous process of balancing the core mindfulness skills for detached clarity and creativity.

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Latest Blog Posts

22Apr

Trustworthy Leadership: Compassion, Courage & Wisdom

Edelman’s annual trust barometer in 2015 revealed lowest levels of confidence in CEO’s, industry and government officials since 2008. It is clear that something has.. Read More →
09Apr

Mindfulness in Action: The Woodcarver’s Reminders

The Taoist tale of the Woodcarver is a beautiful metaphor for the work of mindfulness in action. Even reading the tale creates a quality of.. Read More →
15Jan

3 Reminders To Cultivate Empathy

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Calendar of Events

May
4
Wed
Mindfulness Practice Together
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Poem/Parable for This Meeting:

Self-Portrait by David Whyte

It doesn’t interest me if there is one GodFinding myself
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
abandoned.
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
falling toward
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.

Why practice together?

Practicing mindfulness together deepens the practice and makes it more enjoyable.

It provides a forum to discuss your challenges and ask questions related to your home practice.

Join us on the first and third Wednesdays every month to be part of this community committed to living mindfully.

Who can participate?

This group is for people who have taken an MBSR class before. If you have not taken the eight week mindfulness class before, please check out the Downtown Mindfulness calendar for upcoming free intro classes and the full eight week classes.

What is the cost?

Please make a donation based on what makes your heart sing. Every dollar helps to keep this center going.

What will the format be?

We will practice mindfulness meditation for the first 30 to 40 minutes. After a short break the remaining time will be used for discussing a topic relating to practicing mindfulness. You can come for the full session or leave after the meditation during the break.

Because of limited space, Please RSVP by email if you plan to attend

 RSVP Your Spot Now

May
9
Mon
Mindful Writing Space
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mindful Writing Space

“Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you.” Elizabeth Gilbert

This is an invitation to anyone who wants to explore writing from a place of surrender and emergence.  You may be writing a book, a blog post, your dissertation or journaling for self exploration. If you are interested in finding a supportive space and practices to write from a place of emergence,  you are welcome to attend this mindful writing group starting out in April.

We will start with a few minutes of mindfulness practices to create the space within us to allow for emergence. I have used this method for solving problems, writing emails, and research papers. Writing from this place is easeful and creative.

There will also be warm tea, books and resources to support you in writing with ease and inspiration.

The space is limited to six people, so please reserve your spot by making an online payment of $11 or $5 for students. You don’t have to commit to attending all the sessions.

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Martin Luther

 

8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Meet weekly on Mondays starting March 28th)
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Meet weekly on Mondays starting March 28th) @ Downtown Mindfulness | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

May 7th, Saturday is Silence Retreat from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Mindfulness, A Way of Living Skillfully

Mindfulness is a practice & way of being fully present & alive to each moment with kindness & curiosity


About The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

MBSR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the UMass Medical School to help people learn to relate to whatever is happening in their lives with ease, compassion, & clarity. Since then more than 100 academic studies have examined the physiological, psychological, and inter-relational benefits of mindfulness. There is much evidence to show the structural and functional changes in the brain that take place after this eight-week program for better focus, problem solving, and empathy among other benefits in the participants.

MBSR is Not

  • Relaxation, although you may start living with more ease
  • Religious, although it could deepen your relationship with your religion
  • Positive thinking, although you may start noticing all the positive things in your life

This Course Includes

View the Mindfulness Handbook

  • This course is an educational program based on experiential learning in a safe environment. It includes:
  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching & mindful movement
  • Group dialogue & discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • A small dose of multimedia to support learning
  • Daily home assignments
  • Downloadable audio instructions & a home practice manual
  • A day of retreat (see above for Silence retreat date)
  • Ongoing support in private group in MindfulUniverse.com
  • Ongoing support at Downtown Mindfulness including bi-monthly group meditations.

About The Facilitator

Shalini Bahl has been practicing meditation for over a decade & got her professional training to teach MBSR including Practicum, Teacher Development Intensive, & MBSR In Mind-Body Medicine at the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School.
Shalini has a PhD in marketing & has taught MBSR & mindfulness programs to diverse groups including MBAs & corporate clients. You can learn more about her here.

Free Introduction Classes

If you are curious about the MBSR program or would like to explore if this is the right program for you at this time, please look up a free intro class in the upcoming classes schedule that you can attend or email Shalini@RemindingProject.com to go over the program if you can’t make it for the intro class.

People taking the MBSR program are required to attend one introduction class or go over the program with me. If you are interested or have questions about this program or other forthcoming programs please contact shalini@remindingproject.com.

Course Fee

$300 to be paid on registration and balance to be paid after the 8-week class based on benefits received and ability to pay. Students need to pay $200 upon registration and balance, if able to pay, after the 8-week class. This is an inspired pricing model to make this program accessible to all and trusts in the generosity of people to pay what they can afford. The sliding scale for the MBSR classes in this area is from $350 to $725.

Please pay Commitment Fee using the link above to reserve a spot for the upcoming class

Parking & Location

Please note that these classes are taking place in our new office, Downtown Mindfulness at 67 North Pleasant Street in Amherst, next to Starbucks and above Monkey Bar Bistro. There is street parking, which is free after 6:00 pm; parking behind CVS on the opposite side of the road and the Amherst public parking garage behind this office that is free after 8:00 pm.

May
10
Tue
Mindful Writing Space
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mindful Writing Space

“Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you.” Elizabeth Gilbert

This is an invitation to anyone who wants to explore writing from a place of surrender and emergence.  You may be writing a book, a blog post, your dissertation or journaling for self exploration. If you are interested in finding a supportive space and practices to write from a place of emergence,  you are welcome to attend this mindful writing group starting out in April.

We will start with a few minutes of mindfulness practices to create the space within us to allow for emergence. I have used this method for solving problems, writing emails, and research papers. Writing from this place is easeful and creative.

There will also be warm tea, books and resources to support you in writing with ease and inspiration.

The space is limited to six people, so please reserve your spot by making an online payment of $11 ($5 for students). You don’t have to commit to attending all the sessions.

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Martin Luther

 

May
16
Mon
Mindful Writing Space
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mindful Writing Space

“Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you.” Elizabeth Gilbert

This is an invitation to anyone who wants to explore writing from a place of surrender and emergence.  You may be writing a book, a blog post, your dissertation or journaling for self exploration. If you are interested in finding a supportive space and practices to write from a place of emergence,  you are welcome to attend this mindful writing group starting out in April.

We will start with a few minutes of mindfulness practices to create the space within us to allow for emergence. I have used this method for solving problems, writing emails, and research papers. Writing from this place is easeful and creative.

There will also be warm tea, books and resources to support you in writing with ease and inspiration.

The space is limited to six people, so please reserve your spot by making an online payment of $11 or $5 for students. You don’t have to commit to attending all the sessions.

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Martin Luther