iRest Yoga NIdra at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness with Sydney Spears was an opportunity to work with a master teacher. Sydney was able to teach us the value of iRest as all of us have some trauma to one degree or another and can benefit from the practice of Yoga NIdra. What made this class enjoyable to me were the discussions both pre and post a session. Sydney made the application of the practices seem real and applicable… because she has lots of experience in teaching and dealing with the subject of trauma. I honor her kind and compassionate approach as she led us deeper into ourselves to encourage our own healing.
“I have been practicing Mindfulness for almost 20 years. It wasn’t until I got involved with MAM that I truly realized more of what mindfulness has to offer. MAM has provided me a safe place of likeminded people to continue my journey through this life by using mindfulness as one of my guides.”
Are you holding yourself in servitude to shoulds, oughts, and musts? Instead, make an active commit to non-self-harming. Mindful self-care is part of a practice of non-violence toward oneself, embracing attitudes and actions that are self-respecting and life affirming.
While there is great value in the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, no teacher is as potent an instructor as lived experience. In mindfulness training, knowledge arises out of the direct experience of the teacher’s own mindfulness practice and is transmitted through one’s embodiment of these attitudes and practices. The teacher isn’t an expert per se, but a fellow traveler on a shared journey.
Mass mindlessness causes great suffering for ourselves and other living beings. Maintaining a personal mindfulness practice may be one of the most important things we can do to liberate ourselves and the world from the tyranny of our own unexamined minds.
For most of us, day to day life, on some level, is like a mirage. We function on automatic pilot, doing without truly inhabiting our experience. We proceed as though the people and things we count on will last forever – as if we are sovereign and autonomous beings, completely independent of others and our … Continue reading Becoming Disillusioned