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.”
The self is a mental construct that enables our survival and simplifies our relationship with the world. Although it’s necessary for navigating the human condition, it’s also the cause of much suffering. What we call the self is a dynamic interplay of interconnected experiences including the mind, the body and our interactions with the material world. Through practice, we can learn to navigate the self with greater mindfulness and self-compassion so that we can meet our experiences more skillfully.
Mindfulness practice is filled with paradoxes – things that seems absurd or antithetical at first glance, but upon closer inspection, turn out to be true. They provide powerful lessons that things aren’t always as they seem and prompt us to look more closely at our experiences.
Is mindfulness the best hope for humanity? If we were truly aware, the vast majority of us would likely be relating to ourselves and the world with greater compassion and wisdom. But, it’s easier to to stay asleep…
The cultivation of mindfulness is just one crucial step in our journey toward greater balance. Radical self-acceptance allows us to bring our whole selves to our experience so that we can respond skillfully to what is here. It encourages us to face facts, have an honest and direct relationship with ourselves and our lives, and ultimately become the lamp that guides us along the path to greater peace and freedom.