Mindfulness Training Retreat
The “Mindfulness Tools” course has been a blissful and eye opening experience throughout the last five days of practice. Yet it has also been tough to accept that life’s to-do lists have just gone away. So much of my life is full of lists to accomplish, and new challenges that I believe are worth going after for my own personal growth and accomplishment. We should all try to strive for efficiency and excellence in everything in life. Also, show excellence, provide your best service and leave behind a legacy of happiness & wisdom for others. Even though these thoughts are positive I still have to work on myself each day & strive to be well rounded. But this course isn’t about striving or achieving excellence, neither is mindfulness itself.
Mindfulness is about non-doing and just being. It is a lifelong journey that can be very difficult one day and easy the next. The acceptance of this can be tough for many of us in a go-go culture. Mindfulness Tools at Omega is designed for individuals to gain insight about themselves, their thoughts, emotions and sensations of the body. You learn how to face, accept and lean into challenges that we all have to face throughout life. Through the course it is best to be curious, open minded and ready for a challenge.
Accepting Our Experience
The importance of simply noticing and accepting whatever our experience is in the present moment is Mindfulness itself. The facilitators teach the students how and why to develop focus and concentration through our breath. Part of the practice is noticing and accepting our wandering mind, without judgment, as we continue to bring our focus back to our breath. The most important thing we’re gaining from this practice is true naked wisdom of our Mind & Body.
Formal Mindfulness Practice
If we stay on the path of practicing, we have the opportunity to experience the magical wisdom of Mindfulness itself. When we formally practice it allows us to cultivate the wisdom of our mind and body through different practices like gentle Hatha yoga, mindful eating and mindful walking. Part of the wisdom becomes our own experience, simply an awareness of the interaction between the mind influencing the body and the body influencing the mind.