Mindfulness

Chinese Character with saying Mindfulness is a Dance of Happiness


What is Mindfulness?
“paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
-  Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness refers to moment-to-moment attention, living in the present; learning to respond with care and attention to events in our lives as they occur. Many of our waking moments are spent thinking about the past or the future, as a result of which the present slips by almost unnoticed. Much of our time is spent trying to prolong the experience of things we enjoy, and avoiding or somehow minimizing experiences we perceive as unpleasant, a tendency that interferes with the natural ebb and flow of events. Being mindful involves giving careful attention to our experience on a moment-to-moment basis in a way that emphasizes observing, rather than judging or evaluating. Becoming ‘mindful’ essentially means beginning to pay careful and sustained attention to events we otherwise tend to react to as being ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘irrelevant.’ Simple, everyday activities, such as eating a meal, washing dishes, or driving a car, provide an opportunity to practice focused, moment-to-moment attention. We also practice mindfulness through formal meditation, learning to sit quietly and attentively as a means of acquiring a stable vantage point to explore and come to appreciate the ever-changing and varied landscape of the mind.

 

Anchor Your Attention in the Present Moment

You have our full permission to slow down and pay attention in one of GHN's Mindfulness offerings in collaboration with the Psychological Services Center. Dr. Paul Salmon, Associate Professor in UofL's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  Participants are invited to experience the benefits of reflection, stillness, and being fully present.

Offerings:

KORU Mindfulness & Meditation

Moment of Mindfulness - Drop In Sessions

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Morning of Mindfulness

 

Facilitator:

Paul Salmon, Ph.D.

UofL Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Psychological Services Center
College of Arts & Sciences

Learn and practice mindfulness techniques with Dr. Paul Salmon.  Calming and approachable, Paul encourages practitioners to explore life with curiosity throughout the MBSR course.
Paul is a faculty member in Clinical Psychology with extensive experience in mindfulness-related practice, teaching, and research. He is also certified as a Health Fitness Specialist (American College of Sports Medicine) and Yoga Instructor (Yoga Alliance RYT/200).

Co-facilitator:

Jenn Altman, M.A.

Doctoral student in the U of L Clinical Psychology program

Jenn holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from California State University Long Beach, as well as undergraduate degrees in Exercise Physiology, Psychology, and Social Psychological Perspectives on Sport and Exercise from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Jenn has also completed a 92-hour teacher development intensive training taught by senior staff from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Admission to the program was limited to those with extensive professional experience, with a solid meditation practice, and with previous training in MBSR and/or experience in teaching MBSR.

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Mindfulness Sessions are offered in partnership with the University of Louisville Psychological Services Center in the UofL College of Arts & Sciences and Get Healthy Now.