Entering the Stillness
To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. –Eckhart Tolle
Life is about finding the balance between stillness and an active engagement in our everyday lives. Mindfulness practice allows us to both enter the space of stillness and turn more deeply toward our daily experience. When we mindfully enter the space of stillness, we can see our habitual patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors more clearly, and in doing so, we open to the freedom to make more skillful choices in our everyday lives.
Notice what arises in your body, heart and mind in response to the word stillness. Does your body soften or tighten? Does your heart open or close? Does your mind become quieter or more filled with chatter? See if you can turn toward whatever response arises with an attitude of kindness and curiosity.
If you encounter resistance to the idea of stillness, try noticing where this resistance manifests in your body as tightness. Rest your attention on the tightness and see if you can imagine it softening. If you notice a tendency to want to cling to the stillness as a way to escape your everyday life, see if you can turn toward this response, too, with kindness and curiosity. Try noticing where your body tightens in response to the clinging, and see if you can imagine it softening. Rest in the refuge of stillness with the sensations of gradual softening of the body, and rest in the refuge of knowing that you are one step closer to the freedom you long for.
Calm Body, Quiet Mind one-month 1:1 Coaching Program. Calm Body, Quiet Mind is a 4-week intensive mindfulness training and coaching program for women, available globally by phone or Skype. It offers a deeper experience of mindfulness and explores the healing potential of mindfulness practice. It is designed to guide you toward cultivating a greater sense of peace, happiness and wellbeing. Calm Body, Quiet Mind offers an intensive mindfulness experience to guide you in a reset and renewal of your body, heart and mind. Whether you’re feeling weighed down by grief, stress or a difficult transition, feeling consumed by a chronic illness or have lost connection with your creativity, this program is designed to help you get back on track. Cost: $500 Learn more or email Jen to schedule a free phone consultation to determine whether this program is a good fit for your needs.
Creating Mindful Intentions for the New Year. Saturday December 30, 2017 9am – 12pm. McKay Healing Arts. Wilmington, NC. How long have you been taking life as it comes without considering what matters most or how you want your life to be? This workshop will guide you in the process of creating mindful intentions for your life and learning strategies for successfully following through. It offers an approach to realizing intentions that is grounded in the neuroscience of positive change. We will use guided meditations and journaling exercises to help you clarify your intentions and then we’ll create an Intention Board, a creative collage with words and images to serve as a visual reminder of your intentions. Make 2018 your year of lasting lifestyle changes! Registration is limited and required. It is already over halfway filled, so grab your spot if you want one. This one always fills and has a waiting list! Cost: $50. Email Jen to register.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week class in Wilmington, NC. Free orientation Wednesday January 3, 2018 6pm. Class meets Wednesdays 6-8pm January 10 – February 28, 2017 PLUS Saturday February 17 9am – 3pm. MBSR offers a great opportunity for experienced mindfulness mediation students to get support in developing a regular practice and a solid foundational introduction to the practice for new students. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness, reduce stress and create a greater sense of peace and wellbeing. If you’re tired of your racing heart and mind keeping you up at night, struggling with feeling anxious and overwhelmed, feel you’ve lost yourself in the chaos of your life, come to the free orientation to check out the class. You’ll learn how to relax your body, calm your mind chatter, cultivate more peace and joy, and start living your life more mindfully and intentionally.
Registration is limited and required. Cost: $425. For more information click here. Or email Jen to register.
Ghost Trees Photography Exhibit. Expo 216. 216 N. Front St. Wilmington, NC through December 30, 2017. Ghost Trees explores the dying bald cypress trees in the Cape Fear River basin due to environmental degradation and aims to inspire viewers to see the beauty and loss of the trees and conserve nature in their local communities. www.jenjohnson.com/ghost-trees