Being present to the future: mindful advocacy and empowerment

To be the future you must be fully present. Learn about current mindfulness practice and simple yet powerful practices to enhance your advocacy. Mindfulness practices are used regularly to be fully present and empower ourselves and each other to activate the power of our own attention and our visions of the world we want.

Objectives:

a. Define mindfulness and locate evidence of its practical effectiveness

b. Use three brief mindful practices for stress reduction and self-advocacy c. Use two more mindful practices to enhance advocacy goals and action steps

d. Access online resources for further practice  Pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, contemplative education has been accruing validation as evidence based practice in settings ranging from hospitals to public schools. Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Benefits have included: Better focus and concentration, increased calm, decreased stress & anxiety, enhanced health, improved impulse control, skillful ways to respond to difficult emotions, increased self-awareness, increased empathy and understanding of others    Examples of organizations using and documenting evidence based mindfulness instruction include mindfulschols.org and Garrison Institute.  This workshop will help advocates think better under pressuire.