We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically.
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives us valuable information we can use to live better. Living mindfully allows us to live more connected with God and to more effectively do what He created each of us specifically to do. During our time together, you will be introduced to mindfulness practices for reducing stress and becoming more aware of God’s Presence.
Wear comfortable clothing. You may want to bring a blanket or shawl. If you have one, please bring a yoga mat or something soft to lay on, a cushion or pillow to sit on, and a journal or paper. Please note, however, that it is not necessary to lay down or sit on the floor to participate. Lunch is included with this retreat. Guided by Heather Alexander, MD, FAAP.
Heather Alexander, M.D., FAAP, has a passion for encouraging people to live well through being more present to the moments of their lives and living with more compassion. She sees this as her way of offering peace to our world that is so in need of healing. Dr. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She currently practices in Columbia, MD. She has trained with the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is a Qualified MBSR Instructor. Dr. Alexander has also trained with the Mindful Schools program to teach mindfulness to children.