|It’s been a year! 2020 will go down as THE most epic year of our lives—ALL of our lives. It has been a year of truth telling, a year of revelations, and a year of deep inner reflections. I for one feel like life held me by my feet—upside down—and gave me a good shake several times over.
The beginning of the pandemic revealed to me how “out-of-mind” I can get. I was beckoned to understand the nature of my mind, its repetitive mind-blowing patterns, and the unrecognized biases that I held. I’ve never studied my inner world and my worldly connections more deeply than I did this year, thanks in part to my year-long training at UCLA, where I earned some very well-respected mindfulness industry credentials:
- Trained Mindfulness Facilitator (TMF) through UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and
- Member of IMTA (International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association).
However, as I was graduating earlier this month, it became clear to me that this year was a year of self-study—learning more about myself—personally and professionally as well as a year to observe and learn about my threads of connection with family, friends, community, and the world. Talk about being turned inside out! Through this discovery of self, I experienced the extremes of my life—my strengths and weaknesses—both emotionally and physically. One thing was clear to me, the two things that sustained me were my mindfulness meditation practice and my family.
I know each of us has leaned into our family as never before. This year of revelations also showed us how connected (or disconnected) we are with our partners, children, parents. Many of you have been regulars of the Mindfulness Meditation Monday sessions. Many of you have commented on how showing up every Monday has carried you through this difficult time. Needless to say, I am grateful and humbled by this. But imagine if you had this life-sustaining and enhancing tool during other life challenges. How differently would you have traversed obstacles if you had this space to lean into? I believe that’s also true for other members of our family, including the younger ones. Don’t you agree that our children would benefit from Mindfulness Meditation as well? Don’t you think that building their mindfulness muscle early in life will help them through their own challenges, including those that they face during this pandemic?
I’d like to invite you to bring your children or any family member to our Family Mindfulness. Meditation. Monday tomorrow where I will offer your little ones and loved ones a small but fun dose of mindfulness, a bit of simple meditation, while sharing with them the immense gratitude for this year that we have all traversed together as family! It’s just a 30-minute drop-in, and it’s FREE and tailored to children and adults of any age!