Mindful LivingA Practice of Learning to Live in the Present
The practice of mindfulness is essentially a practice of learning to live in the present. Many of us are wrought with anxieties about our past and our future. Yet, it is in the present reality where the key to change, fulfillment and empowerment lies.
Learning to embrace one’s present reality is a skill we can cultivate. It requires commitment and daily practice. Those that embark on this practice find themselves leading more liberated lives where they are no longer as enslaved to fear, anxiety and conflict. Instead, they practice how to release these emotions and channel their energy into positive qualities of the mind, such as compassion, empathy, tolerance and inner connectivity.
The practice of mindfulness is a moment-to-moment practice where ever breath is a valuable conduit to the inner self. The moment to begin the process is now.
Types of Mindful Living Practices
The practice of mindfulness allows us to enter into our present reality with fulfillment and inner strength. This practice teaches us to sustain our energies with balance even when our lives present us with challenges. As we walk on this path we realize that our lives, despite their seeming chaos, unfold with a purpose and meaning. It is when we are able to uncover this purpose and find its deeper meaning, that our lives become replete with joy and calm.
We all live in a world that is heavily medicated on drama, violence, promiscuity and quick-fixes. We all need extra help with learning how to cope. It is my belief that turning to another for support is as vital as going to a gym, or learning a new sport. However, here, when we learn to cope with our emotional and psychological worlds, we impact the rest of our lives and the others in it in a profound manner.
- You can benefit from learning mindfulness if :
- You experience a sense of disconnect within yourself or with others
- You are unable to manifest your inner purpose
- You are unable to thrive within an intimate relationship
- You are stuck in a profession or relationship that does not mirror who you authentically are
- You are lacking direction, purpose and motivation to fulfill your inner potential
- You desire change
- You desire greater fulfillment in your life and relationships
Dr. Shefali has been practicing mindfulness-based techniques for the past decade and incorporates this in her work with clients. She is able to help you walk this path and actualize your inner potential.
Mindful Parenting as taught by Dr. Shefali is a powerful philosophy through which parents learn to create deep transformations in their relationship with their children. Parents learn to deepen their sense of emotional connectivity to their children, and equally importantly, learn how to build their children’s sense of inner connection. Through Mindful Parenting, parents learn the power of allowing their children to live in a state of “being” rather than incessant “doing.” Instead of imposing their will onto their children, parents learn to build alliances with their children in a manner that optimizes their inherent strengths and virtues. Here, the parent-child relationship is viewed as a two-way street where transformation is deeply and mutually reciprocal.
You can benefit from learning the techniques of Mindful Parenting if :
- You are feeling overwhelmed in your relationship with your children
- You do not feel a sense of control and balance with your children
- You do not know how to handle the conflicts with your children
- You are at a loss about the best way to handle your children’s needs
- You have lost your own sense of purpose since becoming a parent
- Your child doesn’t respect you
- You need to learn how to live your own life separate from your children
- You and your spouse are at odds as to how to best raise your children
Dr. Shefali is an author of two parenting books. To find more information on her books, click HERE.
The practice of mindfulness is as much as solitary practice as it is a communal one. The “community” or group plays an important role in allowing the teachings of mindfulness to get embedded within the psyche in a deep and everlasting manner. Here, group members support and encourage each other’s growth and spur on a level of learning often unattainable when practicing alone.
Dr. Shefali periodically teaches weekly mindfulness classes. These classes are part theory and part practice. Participants learn the value of actually learning the mindfulness-based techniques, while also grounding this learning in practical knowledge.
In order for us to set realistic treatment goals and priorities, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for your treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I will fill out forms and provide you with whatever assistance I can in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full and timely payment of my fees. (In other words, I bill you, you pay me, and your insurance company reimburses you.) It is therefore important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
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