“We’re helping people use mindfulness not just for self-awareness and personal growth, but also to bring mindful action to social and environmental challenges.”
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Mindfulness isn’t just for Buddhist monks meditating in remote monasteries. These days, mindfulness – paying careful attention to present-moment experience – has become mainstream. Is it just the latest self-improvement fad, or can mindfulness make a real difference? Does mindfulness matter?
Kyle Kramer is the Executive Director of the Earth & Spirit Center (www.earthandspiritcenter.org), a Louisville nonprofit that is the largest provider of brick-and-mortar mindfulness meditation instruction in the Central US. He points out that practicing mindful awareness can bring proven physical and psychological benefits, such as increasing mental clarity and reducing stress, emotional reactivity, and anxiety. “We think everyone can benefit from mindfulness tools,” says Kramer, “and we want to make them available to everyone, from all life stages and backgrounds.” The Earth & Spirit Center offers mindfulness-based summer camps for children, retreats for high schoolers and adults, and many different sliding-scale mindfulness courses and workshops, as well as a Mindfulness Mentors program providing pro-bono mindfulness instruction for social service organization clients and staff, such as the Louisville Urban League, and also for faculty and students at JCPS schools.
“The point of mindfulness isn’t to become a better meditator,” Kramer stresses. “It’s to become a better person, and to contribute to a better world. We’re helping people use mindfulness not just for self-awareness and personal growth, but also to bring mindful action to social and environmental challenges.” With sponsorship from Metro Government’s Office of Equity, the Earth & Spirit Center offers a number of free monthly racial equity events and programs. And it has turned its 27-acre Highlands campus into a certified nature sanctuary, where participants learn hands-on how to connect mindfully with the natural world.
“Mindful meditation has been truly revolutionary for me,” says Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc. and an alumna of the Center’s Beginning Meditation course. “I highly recommend the Earth & Spirit Center’s courses.” Jane Morreau, another alumna and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Brown-Forman Corporation, confirms that mindfulness “has had a profound effect on me and how I view and handle all aspects of life.” For these two women, as well as thousands of other participants in the Earth & Spirit Center’s programs, mindfulness matters – for yourself, your community, and the planet.
You can experience mindfulness firsthand by registering for the Center’s free introduction to mindfulness workshop on September 8 and weekly mindfulness classes starting September 12. Learn more at www.earthandspiritcenter.org.