(guided sessions) by tibetan lama Khempo Ngedön in Malaga every Wednesday
Please bring a meditation pillow and mat.
Contribution : 5€
(*) Should lama Khenpo Ngedon not be able to do the sessions a member of the Association will give the session on that day.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness was practiced by Buddha more than 2500 years ago and has been used up to this present day from many Buddhist schools as part of mental development. All Buddhist meditations involve mindfulness and in particular Shamata (“peaceful dwelling”). The primary focus in Mindfulness Meditation is the breathing.
Though it´s roots are in Asia in Buddhist meditation Mindfulness was brought to the west in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has now after a lot of work become a powerful mainstream tool against stress, depression and chronic unhappiness, promoting well being. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general.
Mindfulness Meditation is an ancient practice used today in universities, by teachers, students, by health care professionals, hospitals, in prisons, by veteran centers and beyond. It has been scientifically proven that Mindfulness can benefit you in many ways. (see benefits.)
Mindfulness is gaining a growing popularity as a practice in daily life, apart from Buddhist insight meditation and its application in clinical psychology.
Mindfulness may be seen as a mode of being, and can be practiced outside a formal setting.
We can say that Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness.
Being Mindless is when we slip into “autopilot state”, being in a “dreamlike state” in that state we are not fully “there” in this moment.
We tend to get lost in “doing” so we find ourselves constantly striving and struggling and “getting stuff done” instead of really living.
Failing to notice the beauty of life, we fail to hear what our bodies are telling us and we all too often become stuck in mechanical conditioned ways of thinking and living that may be harmful to ourselves and others.
We practice mindfulness by maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance being non-judgmental, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings with the attitude of an impartial witness – without believing them or taking them personally. When we practice Mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we´re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. We don’t judge that this experience is good and that one is bad. Or if we do we simply notice them and let go of them. We notice it arising, passing through us, and ceasing to exist.
To practice mindfulness a person must focus on what is happening inside their body and mind in real time – “full conscious awareness”.
Where does it come from?
Mindfulness is the heart of Buddha´s teachings. Right Mindfulness is the seventh element of the eightfold path of Buddhism, and adherents are taught to “constantly keep their minds alert to phenomena that affect the body and mind”.
You don’t have to practice Buddhism or even meditate to practice mindfulness, but learning more about its roots and uses can help you understand how to practice it better in your own life.
It’s important to understand Buddhism as a discipline or process rather than as a belief system. The Buddha did not teach doctrines about enlightenment, but rather taught people how to realize enlightenment themselves. And the way we realize enlightenment is through direct experience.
It is through mindfulness that we experience directly, with no mental filters or psychological barriers between us and what is experienced.
In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based-Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at theUniversity of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill.] This program sparked the application of mindfulness ideas and practices in Medicine for the treatment of a variety of conditions in both healthy and unhealthy people. MBSR and similar programs are now widely applied in schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and other environments.
Why Practice Mindfulness?
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Below you will find some of these benefits, which extend across many different settings.
What can Mindfulness do for you? Which benefits can it have.
Mindfulness reduces stress, anxiety and other destructive emotions. (It shrinks the right pre-frontal cortex of the brain; the part of the brain responsible for destructive emotions like fear, unhappiness and anger).
Mindfulness reduces depression (clinical trials are showing that mindfulness is as effective as medication with no side effects!)
Mindfulness reduces Insomnia; it increases sense of well being, reduces lethargy and increases energy both mentally and physically.
Effective in pain management.
It sharpens your memory and increases your focus and attention.
It improves your emotional and social intelligence and develops your empathy and compassion. It is also shown to improve relationships.
Mindfulness improves health and boosts immunity. In fact, mindfulness is shown to have beneficial effects on many serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease
It creates clearer, more focused thinking improves efficiency at work and at home.
Mindfulness improves confidence and emotional resilience.
It reduces addictive and compulsive tendencies.
If you haven’t already, why not find out for yourself, the first hand, what it’s all about?
You might discover after the 6 weeks that all you have been searching for outside like peace, wholeness feelings of fulfillment have been within you all along. Come and join us and experience Mindfulness with an authentic Tibetan Lama.