“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
The Two Rivers Mindfulness Institute provides education and training in mindfulness based approaches to addressing the impact of stress reactivity on physical, behavioral, and mental health. The Institute offers a range of classes to target issues commonly associated with stress, including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety and Worry
- Chronic Pain
- Tension Headaches
- Chronic medical conditions
- Impulsive speaking and/or behavior
- Parenting Challenges
- Sleep disturbance
Mindfulness was first brought into mainstream medicine by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn who defined it as paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.
Whenever we bring awareness to what we directly experience via our senses to our environment and bodies, or our state of mind via our thoughts and emotions, we are being mindful. A growing body of research increasingly indicates that when we train our brains in mindfulness practices, the brain changes in ways to reduce stress reactivity that overwhelms the mind and body.
We all naturally possess the capacity for mindfulness. However, modern life does not frequently lend itself to a relaxed attention to the present. Fortunately, mindfulness becomes more readily available to us when we practice on a regular basis. The Two Rivers Mindfulness Institute offers guidance in how one can consistently practice mindfulness and embody it in daily life. The various programs and classes provided by the institute have the intention of allowing people to tailor the practices to their unique lives.