The practice of mindfulness has informed me in so many ways. It provides a path of awareness, understanding and compassion, not just on the cushion, but in everyday life. For that I am grateful. Mindfulness is a choice and a path, and I have been fortunate enough to share this practice in so many ways, both professionally and personally. I hope you’ll choose to join me.
The connection between mind and body have always intrigued me. I started to practice yoga in the early 80s, which was followed by mindfulness meditation in the vipassana tradition. I never thought I would be able to incorporate the two in my clinical practice as a psychotherapist. But, by teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), it was clear to me that patients benefited hugely from focusing on the mind-body connection.
Since 2005, I have been fortunate to train future MBSR and MBCT teachers around the world. I developed the MBSR and MBCT professional certification programs at places like the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California San Diego, USA. I have also helped the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada build their MBSR professional training pathway.
Susan Woods, an original pioneer in MBSR, shares her thoughts on teaching in today’s environment and present her latest book, an invaluable companion for MBSR teachers.
Friends of Bangor is delighted to welcome Susan Woods who talks about her own journey with Mindfulness, presents her new book, answers questions and leads a short practice.