Mindfulness Center Idaho: offering individual and group classes in mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, and mindful living. Mindfulness Center Idaho (MCI) offers individual and group mentoring sessions and classes in mindfulness meditation to develop a calm mind and a resilient spirit.
[05/14/18] The weather outside is changing so fast. It was pouring rain early this morning and bright sunshine this afternoon. Our weather "inside" changes, too, and we can observe and smile, knowing change is the only constant. Be well and smile often!
[05/01/18] We have just updated the Mindfulness Center Idaho website. There is more content to be added over the next week. Also, we will be on holiday the month of June 2018....so no offering during that time. Please consider adding a mindful walk and, if possible, watch the sun rise in the morning or set in the evening. I have added watching the sunrise over the past couple of weeks and am continually inspired by the bright star that shines for us every day. The full moon rising is also a delight! Looking forward to new programs this coming Fall 2018. Blessings to all, Michele
[04/08/18] Dear friends, we are in the process of upgrading the MCI website and developing new programs that will start in the Fall of 2018. In the meantime there is a Mindfulness Practice opportunity on Sunday, April 15 from 3 to 5 pm at Yoga for Wellness on Parkcenter in Boise! Everyone welcome!!
[10/16/17] We will stop, rest, heal and transform as part of the Harvest of Our Lives retreat with Peggy Rowe-Ward on Saturday, October 28th in Boise. There are still openings in this retreat. Join us! Respond YES for registration info.
[06/13/17] The class held lasts Saturday was well received and we will hold another one on September 9th, 2017 at the same location. We may move it to the morning, to see if more folks can join us. One of the topics that came up was how the practice of mindfulness fosters a sense of authenticity. It is so easy to be influenced by stories we hear from friends and the media. To find your own voice begins with your thoughts...the way you think and act water seeds in your mind that create a false sense of self. Mindfulness is a way to come home to a felt sense of who you are, to find your true self, your true home.
[06/10/17] Reminder: Today I will offer a class in establishing and deepening a mindfulness practice. The class will be held at 1 pm at Yoga for Wellness, 1175 E. Parkcenter; we conclude at 3 pm. Everyone is welcome. No charge; donation to cover costs only. Hope you can join me.
Developing and Deepening Mindfulness
This coming Saturday from 1-3 pm at Yoga for Wellness in Boise!
This class is for anyone who is interested in being mindful as a way to have more happiness and meaning in daily life.
Everyone is welcome!
[04/09/17] Just returning from a 5 day mindfulness retreat at Deer Park Monastery in warm, sunny Escondido. I loved the quiet, the calm and ease of practice and the labyrinth!! Looking forward to being home 🙏
The poetry of impermanence
The Wish to Be Generous
All that I serve will die, all my delights,
the flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field,
the silent lilies standing in the woods,
the woods, the hill, the whole earth, all
will burn in man's evil, or dwindle
in its own age. Let the world bring on me
the sleep of darkness without stars, so I may know
my little light taken from me into the seed
of the beginning and the end, so I may bow
to mystery, and take my stand on the earth
like a tree in a field, passing without haste
or regret toward what will be, my life
a patient willing descent into the grass.
~ Wendell Berry ~
(The Collected Poems, 1957-1982)
To live in the present moment wisely and earnestly is the secret of health for both mind and body.
Do not mourn for the past, or anticipate the future.
The practice of mindful living trains us to live in the present moment. Mindfulness Training Sessions for individuals or small groups (2 to 5 people) are now being offered on Monday evenings. Pre-registration is required.
Remembrance to mark the new year......
In my wallet I carry a card
which declares I have the power to marry.
In my wallet I carry a card
which declares I may drive.
In my wallet I carry a card
that says to a merchant I may be trusted to pay her.
In my wallet I carry a card
that states I can borrow a book in the town where I live.
In my hand I carry a card.
Its lines declare I am cardless, carless,
stateless, and have no money.
It is buoyant and edgeless.
It names me one of the Order of All Who Will Die.
~ Jane Hirshfield ~
[12/24/16] Now offering individual and small group mindfulness learning sessions at the offices at Yoga for Wellness. Come individually or with one or two other friends to learn mindfulness meditation and ways to support your practice and your life.
A succinct explanation of the practice of mindfulness. Enjoy!
"The goal is to clearly perceive and pay attention to, in an objective manner, the arising and passing away of all conditions of mind and body. Eventually insight into their transient and insubstantial nature arises and one is no longer at conflict with their changing nature. Mindfulness of body includes amongst other aspects, being aware of postures, somatic sensations and the breath. Mindfulness of feelings is not regarded as mindfulness of the emotions as such but more being attentive to the qualities of pleasantness, unpleasantness or neutrality that arises in the mind in relationship to physical sensations or mental processes. Mindfulness of mind states refers to being aware of the states of mind that may color the mind, such as a distracted mind, a happy mind, an angry mind, a guilty mind and so on. Mindfulness of mental objects refers to being aware of the content of mind such as thoughts, and being aware of how they condition both physical and mental processes. The theme behind mindfulness is to honestly relate with whatever arises as it arises. The aim to perceive and acknowledge the reality of any situation in a present moment context. The benefits of 'satipatthana' are based on the development of insight."
buddhanet.net Davison, G.C. and Neale, J.M., Abnormal Psychology De Silva, P., Buddhism and Behavioural ModificationKalish, R.A., Death, Grief and Caring Relationships Levine, S., Who Dies? An investigation of conscious living and conscious dyingNyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist MeditationWalsh, B., Bereav...
Mind, Body, Spirit, Voice: Four Saturdays in October with Laura Rushing-Raynes and Michele Tae.
October 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:00 to 3:30 pm at Yoga For Wellness, LLC on Parkcenter in East Boise.
Everyone welcome! $20 drop in; $60 to $75 for all four classes.
For more info: [email protected]
Day of Mindfulness on Saturday in Boise
I am leading a Day of Mindfulness this coming Saturday, September 17th, from 8:30am to 2:30 pm at the Compassion and Insight Center, 1627 S. Orchard St in Boise. We will sit and walk in mindfulness, listen to a Dharma Talk, share soup and snacks together and speak about our practice. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!
Prescription for Healthy Thinking Habits:
1. Live with awareness and conscious choice, not automatic pilot.
2. Sense experience rather than relating through thought.
3. Be in the present moment, free from past or future.
4. Lose interest in unpleasant experiences; learn to let them go.
5. Allow things to be just as they are, rather than needing them to be different than they are.
6. See thoughts as mental events that may or may not correspond to reality.
7. Take care of myself with kindness and compassion.
Upcoming Class: Mind, Body, Spirit, Voice
In this series of classes we will learn to inspire authenticity, and trust as a way to follow our inner wisdom. We will access the richness of the present moment, induce states of flow, increase flexibility of mind, emotions and creativity, and unleash and deepen our authentic voice, as a way to blossom in the world.
This offering by Michele Tae (M'Tae), and Laura Rushing-Raynes blossoms from their respective journeys in body, mind, spirit and voice, and their desire to share what they have learned and experienced. The classes will be held on Saturdays afternoons on October 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm.
Classes are at Yoga for Wellness, 1175 E. Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise. To cultivate a quality experience, classes are limited to 12 students. Preference is given to those who can attend all four classes. To register or for more information contact: [email protected].
The very popular Eckhart Tolle's words of inspiration and encouragement for how be truly mindful:
“What is left when illusion ends? There is no need to investigate the unconscious past in you except as it manifests in this moment as a thought, an emotion, a desire, a reaction, or an external event that happens to you. Whatever you need to know about the unconscious past in you, the challenges of the present will bring it out. If you delve into the past, it will become a bottomless pit: There is always more. You may think that you need more time to understand the past or become free of it, in other words, that the future will eventually free you of the past. This is a delusion. Only the present can free you of the past. More time cannot free you of time. That is the key."
[06/22/16] We are putting together class offerings for the Fall 2016. I usually offer an Intro to Mindfulness Practice and am considering some other topics, such as Practicing with Grief, Anger and Doubt. This practice has been teaching me over the last many years and now I want to share what I have discovered. I welcome your thoughts!
[05/25/16] What a marvelous and wonderful time we had at the Authoring Mindfulness Retreat last weekend. Seventeen joyous women being in mindfulness, writing amazing stories, reflections and transforming their lives! Great food, great writing, great fun!
[05/13/16] The Authoring Mindfulness Retreat will be held the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. Peggy Rowe-Ward and Michele Tae will weave together writing and mindfulness, movement and joy. Since the retreat filled so quickly we are considering offering it again in the future and perhaps offering weekend days of mindfulness and writing in Boise. The deep container of mindfulness is so inviting of our words.
From Thay's commentary on The Middle Path, he states that If we were able to see clearly, we would behave differently. Each one of us is caught, to a larger or a smaller extent, in our emotions, in our difficulties, and in our experiences of suffering in the past.
Because we're caught, we repeat the same suffering over and over again. We have a habit energy of reacting to circumstances in a rote way. This creates suffering for ourselves and for others.
Our habit energy is what causes us to repeat the same behavior thousands of times. Habit energy pushes us to run, to always be doing something, to be lost in our thoughts of the past or the future and to blame others for our suffering. And that energy does not allow us to be peaceful and happy in the present moment.
The practice of mindfulness helps us to recognize that habitual energy. Every time we can recognize the habit energy in us, we are able to stop and to enjoy the present moment. The energy of mindfulness is the best energy to help us embrace our habit energy and transform it. (Awakening of the Hearth, essential buddhist sutras and commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh)
I love this teaching! What we feel is real. The story we tell ourselves about this feeling is often not true.
A message to the amygdala about fear!
"Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion."
~ TSOKNYI RINPOCHE
As a former facilitator for the Trauma Resource Institute, I am aware of how important it is to cultivate resilience. Life will always have challenges and heartbreak. Becoming aware of ways to remain resilient during these times is essential!
mindful.org How do we perceive stress in our lives: as major setbacks or moments of growth? Perception plays a major role in resilience.
“The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice have relied on very small samples of unrepresentative subjects, like isolated Buddhist monks who spend hours meditating every day, or on studies that generally were not randomized and did not include placebo control groups.
This month, however, a study published in Biological Psychiatry brings scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health.”
well.blogs.nytimes.com A new study suggests there’s some science behind the claims made for mindfulness meditation.
Following is a link to a fabulous short and inspiring summary video of our Wisdom 2.0 event last month. So grateful to be part of it!
Wisdom 2.0 Boise
If you are looking for an online class to introduce mindfulness and meaning into your life, I highly recommend Maia Duerr's Waking UP to Your Life. Maia was my mentor when I went the Upaya's chaplaincy program and is a gifted and wise teacher. You will benefit greatly from this course.
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