At M2 we seek to empower people of all ages with skills for living a life of mindful awareness, creative engagement, dignity and joy.
Everyone wants to be happy; to have an appreciation of their inherent beauty and self worth, to feel stable and balanced and to have a sense that they belong. Whatever our circumstances, it is possible to foster these qualities through the practice of mindful living. We can develop our innate capacity to focus and to investigate the nature of our experiences. We can do practices that will increase our appreciation of life and our empathy for others. By learning to pay better attention to how we live, we can allow for ways of being that calm us, connect us and make us whole. Living mindfully is the foundation for realizing the depth, beauty and richness of life.
M2 embodies and teaches mindfulness through a variety of modalities and vehicles. Our programs weave together meditation, music, movement, circus skills, story telling, poetry and group discussions to empower people with practical skills and experiences they can apply to their everyday lives. We offer our programs in schools, the workplace and in the community at large though classroom training sessions, workshops, retreats and salons.
What is Mindfulness?
Being mindful is an innate capability of all human beings. And, with practice, we can get better at it. Being mindful is paying attention to whatever is happening in the present moment, with curiosity and with an open heart. Mindfulness is the foundation that supports excellence in our creative, athletic and academic endeavors. Whenever we are completely absorbed in what we are doing, mindfulness is there.Musicians, painters, athletes, surgeons and chefs can all be excellent examples of the power and beauty of mindful engagement.
Living mindfully leads to a richer more authentic experience of the ever-changing world in and around us. With recent advances in neuroscience, we have learned that meditation truly can change the biological functioning of our brains. Practicing mindfulness we can learn to be more focused, relaxed, balanced and resilient. These are skills that can counteract the ever-increasing stress and pressure we all experience in modern life. Attending to the details of our life with compassion is the gateway to living with confidence, dignity and joy.
“You can observe a lot just by watching.”- Yogi Berra -
Documented Benefits of Mindfulness
- Increased ability to focus
- Increased emotional regulation
- Increased social skills
- Increased self esteem
- Increased sense of calmness, relaxation and self-acceptance
- Increased quality of sleep
- Increased working memory, and planning and organization
- Decreased test anxiety
- Decreased ADHD behaviors-specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Decreased negative affect / emotions
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression
- Fewer conduct and anger management problems
From Association for Mindfulness in Education, http://www.mindfuleducation.org/research.html