Mindfulness…

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“When we practice mindfulness, we are in touch with the present moment and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love” – Anne-Marie, who’s spiritual name is Lakshmi .

Anne-Marie Morton is a mindfulness teacher and runs the 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) training in Sussex and London. She offers one-to-one mindfulness training sessions, courses in mindfulness within organisations, and has practiced meditation for over 20 years.

We had the pleasure of meeting her in Aljezur and sharing each other’s experiences over a cup of tea. As we exchanged words, I immediately felt I was in the presence of a very special person. Lakshmi passes on this calm and positive energy in a way that makes you want to stay and talk to her for hours.

When she moved to the area (20 minutes drive from Aljezur) 8 months ago, she knew what she was looking for. Learning and absorbing the knowledge and experience from Ganga Mira was all she needed to make her feel at home. She has completed the Teacher Training for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. Anne-Marie is a qualified teacher of the Mindfulness Programme in Schools of Exeter University.

In this modern society, mindfulness has proven to be a very effective way to focus in the present moment. “Paying attention on purpose in the present moment and not judgementally” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).”Being aware of your breath so that your mind drifts off and you’re no longer focused on it”

It can combine meditation, yoga and breathing techniques. This movement with Buddhist roots is used by many with the goal of improving ones well-being and health, as well as how to handle ones emotions.

When we practice mindfulness, we step away from our thoughts and observe them from a distance, promoting the awareness of these thoughts, and the ability to manage them better.

Psychology and Psychiatry have, for almost 50 years now, developed several interventions based on mindfulness to help people suffering from depression and drug addiction. These programs are shown to be effective fighting anxiety and stress, and quickly became popular for its proven results.

So let’s pay attention to our present lives, to our present moment. Let’s embrace this experience and refuse to let our lives pass by without having the joy of (at least once) knowing we are present in that moment. And maybe if we are privileged with the perception and the benefits of it, we can one day say we were present in moments of our lives.It’s a beautiful path to journey down.

Link to the Five-Aggregate Model, if you’d like to understand a bit more about mindfulness and its roots HERE.

“When we disconnect from the outer world, we open the doorway in a different direction to our inner space which is the source of all our creativity, happiness and peace. This is a magical experience and we feel truly alive then!” Lakshmi

We will launch a retreat with Mindfulness and a Mandala workshop in late May with Lakshmi, so keep tuned for the updates or send your enquires to info@offlineportugal.com.

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Our off-line experiences take place in the Southwest of Portugal near the beautiful town of Aljezur, Tenerife in Canary islands and in India. The workshops can be booked online and they will take place in Lisbon The Offline dinners run once a month and you can reserve your place Here. Our festival will be placed not far from Aljezur in the middle of the beautiful mountains in Monchique. The spiritual guidance sessions are available to current offliners (Ex Offline House guests) and can be done via a Skype call. We believe that the first meeting should be done off-line so join one o four events or experiences and then we can follow you upo n your journey with an online guidance.

 

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Our off-line experiences take place in the Southwest of Portugal near the beautiful town of Aljezur, Tenerife in Canary islands and in India. The workshops can be booked online and they will take place in Lisbon The Offline dinners run once a month and you can reserve your place Here. Our festival will be placed not far from Aljezur in the middle of the beautiful mountains in Monchique. The spiritual guidance sessions are available to current offliners (Ex Offline House guests) and can be done via a Skype call. We believe that the first meeting should be done off-line so join one o four events or experiences and then we can follow you upo n your journey with an online guidance.

 

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