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Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement.

Welcome to the Mindful Clearinghouse

Your Source for Mindfulness Resources

As a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), I noticed when the class ended, students often needed a sense of where to turn next.  They had been awakened to their own innate capacity for Mindfulness and wanted to continue.  They would ask what Mindfulness resources exist, and what would I recommend?

 

To follow the path of Mindful living, most of us need ongoing resources, such as joining a meditation group, listening to podcasts and watching videos of experienced meditation teachers.  We can't do it alone.  Because I couldn't find a centralized, non-affiliated website that offered information on Mindful Resources for people looking to bring Mindfulness into their lives, I created this website.

While I provide links to Mindfulness resources I believe are helpful, I have no affiliation with any of them except for the Chicago Shambhala website, where I  teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) online and co-lead  guided Tuesday night online meditations, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Central Time, USA.

If you're interested in taking the  8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class,  I'll be teaching my next one beginning in August, 2024.  Find it at the Chicago Shambhala website here.  They generously allow participants to pay what they can if the program price is an obstacle. 

 

It can be confusing to navigate all that is available when doing a simple online Mindfulness search.  Thus, the purpose of this website is to provide a central place to learn about respected Mindfulness resources, based on my own experiences as a teacher of Mindfulness and meditator.  I hope you enjoy the website.

 

Ann

 

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Be patient with yourself.

Self-compassion is one of the greatest revelations of Mindful practices and teachings.  In my own experience, when we can express compassion and patience with ourselves, it becomes easier and more natural to extend your compassion and patience to others.  Self compassion isn't "self indulgence".  It's a fresh, life-giving force for goodness in your world and, by the extension, the larger world you live in.  Dr. Kristin Neff is considered the leading proponent of Mindful Self-Compassion teaching, having created the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course.  I've taken a short version of the course and was greatly benefited by it.  If you're curious about Mindful Self-Compassion, click on the button below, which will take you to her website.  I recommend clicking the tab for "Practices".  She provides several helpful, free Self-Compassion exercises.

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"Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver (1935 - 2019) American poet

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

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Be Peace

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