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 creativity and progress.

Focus

Focus is the ability to screen out distractions and attend fully to the selected task, person, or object of attention. Mindfulness develops cognitive flexibility to be focused and clear in a fast moving environment.

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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 evokes negative feelings. Additionally, it is the ability to find out more when important information is missing.

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Awareness

Awareness is the ability to maintain an open stance of observation, becoming an objective witness to the occurrences of the outer world and inner self, including thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Mindfulness develops meta-awareness of thinking patterns to reprogram the brain for conscious actions.

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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.

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Compassion

Compassion is the ability to see different perspectives, feel for others, and have a desire to ease the suffering in others and even within oneself. With the understanding that we all want the same things in life (happiness, health, love), compassion is the ability to act with genuine kindness.

 

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Balance

Balance is the ability to discern which mindfulness skills and perspectives are most important in making skillful decisions in the moment. Mindful emergence involves a continuous process of balancing the core mindfulness skills for fluid clarity and creativity.

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Calendar of Events

Dec
6
Tue
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction @ Downtown Mindfulness | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

Rewiring The Brain For Creativity, Compassion, & Ease

Mindfulness is a practice & way of being such that you are 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. Mounting research indicates many benefits including:

  • Enhanced ability to manage stress
  • Greater energy & enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • More focus
  • Emotional regulation
  • Interpersonal benefits
  • Managing pain

At The Introduction, You Will:

  • Learn more about the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program – the background, science, and how it works
  • Get an experience of the approaches used in MBSR
  • Experience how your mind works on default
  • Meet the teacher and ask questions you may have about mindfulness or this program
  • Find out if MBSR is right for you at this time

Who Is This For?

This free introduction is for anyone interested in mindfulness or looking for secular practices to find more ease in their lives and it is required for people taking the eight week MBSR course to attend the orientation class.

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 attend a free class or contact us if you cannot attend. This class is required prior to taking our MBSR Evening class.

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 RSVP using the form below.

Please check the calendar for upcoming eight-week classes. 

To learn more about the MBSR program and its cost please click here.

Please RSVP On Which Date You Would Like To Attend One Of The Free Introduction Classes Using The Form Below

 Yes! Please reserve my place in the next FREE intro class I can't make the FREE intro class at this time but would like to learn more about this program

Select Intro Class Date You Plan To Attend

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 If you would like to receive information about the classes at Downtown Mindfulness please email Shalini@RemindingProject.com

Dec
7
Wed
Mindfulness Practice Together
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mindfulness Practice Together @ Downtown Mindfulness | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

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 about 45 minutes. There will be an opportunity post meditation to clarify any questions you may have about the practice.

Post Meditation Kirtan

The meditation will be followed by a Kirtan from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm that you are welcome to join. You can read more about this form of meditation using sound and silence. No singing experience is needed.

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

 RSVP Your Spot Now

If you would like to get reminders about mindfulness gatherings and events at Downtown Mindfulness, please join the Downtown Mindfulness meet up group or email me to include you in the newsletters.

Kirtan: A Yoga & Meditation Practice
Dec 7 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Kirtan: A Yoga & Meditation Practice @ Downtown Mindfulness | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

I am happy to be able to share Kirtan, a yoga and meditation practice that originated in my home country and very close to my heart. Even though this practice originated in India, coming together in community to sing together has been part of all cultures. I would like to invite all of you to come and try this form of meditation to support your regular mindfulness practice. I will be accompanied by James Rutter who is a software engineer and a gifted musician. He plays many instruments including the guitar and tabla (Indian drums), which he learned to play from great Indian teachers.

We would like to create a meditate space using sound and silence. Come and give it a try.

What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is a call-and-response form of singing, usually accompanied with instruments. The chants are usually mantras or phrases from Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages. Some of the noted benefits of repeating a word or phrases in this form of singing help to stabilize the mind, cultivate focus, inner calm and connection. I have found this practice deeply nurturing, one that opens my heart and mind to all that is good in all of us.

Do I need any experience to participate?

You don’t need any prior experience or any talent to participate and benefit from this.

What is the cost?

Please make a donation based on what makes your heart sing.

Join the Mindfulness Meditation before Kirtan

There will be a mindfulness meditation practice prior to the Kirtan from from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If you have taken any mindfulness class before you are welcome to attend that before joining the Kirtan. You can read more about mindfulness meditation gathering here.

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

 RSVP Your Spot Now

If you would like to get reminders about mindfulness gatherings and events at Downtown Mindfulness, please join the Downtown Mindfulness meet up group or email me to include you in the newsletters.

Dec
21
Wed
Mindfulness Practice Together
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mindfulness Practice Together @ Downtown Mindfulness | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

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 about 45 minutes. There will be an opportunity post meditation to clarify any questions you may have about the practice.

Post Meditation Kirtan

The meditation will be followed by a Kirtan from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm that you are welcome to join. You can read more about this form of meditation using sound and silence. No singing experience is needed.

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

 RSVP Your Spot Now

If you would like to get reminders about mindfulness gatherings and events at Downtown Mindfulness, please join the Downtown Mindfulness meet up group or email me to include you in the newsletters.

Kirtan: A Yoga & Meditation Practice
Dec 21 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Kirtan: A Yoga & Meditation Practice @ Downtown Mindfulness | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

I am happy to be able to share Kirtan, a yoga and meditation practice that originated in my home country and very close to my heart. Even though this practice originated in India, coming together in community to sing together has been part of all cultures. I would like to invite all of you to come and try this form of meditation to support your regular mindfulness practice. I will be accompanied by James Rutter who is a software engineer and a gifted musician. He plays many instruments including the guitar and tabla (Indian drums), which he learned to play from great Indian teachers.

We would like to create a meditate space using sound and silence. Come and give it a try.

What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is a call-and-response form of singing, usually accompanied with instruments. The chants are usually mantras or phrases from Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages. Some of the noted benefits of repeating a word or phrases in this form of singing help to stabilize the mind, cultivate focus, inner calm and connection. I have found this practice deeply nurturing, one that opens my heart and mind to all that is good in all of us.

Do I need any experience to participate?

You don’t need any prior experience or any talent to participate and benefit from this.

What is the cost?

Please make a donation based on what makes your heart sing.

Join the Mindfulness Meditation before Kirtan

There will be a mindfulness meditation practice prior to the Kirtan from from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If you have taken any mindfulness class before you are welcome to attend that before joining the Kirtan. You can read more about mindfulness meditation gathering here.

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

 RSVP Your Spot Now

If you would like to get reminders about mindfulness gatherings and events at Downtown Mindfulness, please join the Downtown Mindfulness meet up group or email me to include you in the newsletters.