Mindfulness in daily life

Every day we breathe. Every day we judge. Every day we are lost and we are found. Moment by moment awareness. It is all one event. Self care is the key.

“Mindfulness begins with ourselves. Learning how to generate a feeling of joy, learning how to generate a feeling of happiness, learning how to handle a painful feeling or emotion, listening to the suffering to allow understanding and compassion to be born, and suffer less. This is the first step”. (Happy teachers Change the World. 2017. Thich Nhat Hanh, pg. 195)

Love that!

Contemplative practices come in many varieties and can be found in many traditions. They are the way that human beings across cultures and across time have found to concentrate, broaden, and deepen conscious awareness as the gateway to cultivating their full potential.

I invite you to start a personal practice, help yourself to the joy of breath, mindfulness of the moment. As you breathe, you begin to develop and deepen your attentional meditations. It’s all good, just the way it is. Process, journey, product, attitude everything shifts with an intention.  Need guidance or a road map? There are so many sites and spaces to aid your process.

Here are some resources to help you launch your practice.

https://commons.pratt.edu/meditationincubator/testimonials-gallery-of-learning/

Let me know if you have questions. Open your heart and let be.

 

Rhonda

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About Rhonda Schaller

Rhonda is a long time meditator, artist and educator teaching visualization, mindfulness and meditation as life and art practices for over 30 years. She is a certified visualization meditation and qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher. She is a Visiting Associate Professor and Assistant Vice President for Resilience, Wellness & Well-being at Pratt Institute; founder of the Meditation Incubator project, and a Made in NYC fellow. She chairs the Pratt Resilience, Wellness and Well-being Council, founding chair of the Mindfulness Initiatives in Student Affairs Committee, and Mindful Pratt community. Rhonda was recently awarded a Emily Hall Tremaine Grant for her Mindful Collaboratory project, a national training and study for artists and arts leaders in meditation and mindful community building. She was also awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to bring contemplative and wellbeing pedagogy into faculty teaching and learning at CIT, Ireland. She is the author of Create Your Art Career (2013, Allworth Press), Called or Not, Spirits are Present (2009, Blue Pearl Press), and contributed chapters for The Mindful Eye: Contemplative Pedagogies in Visual Arts Education (2018, Common Wealth Pub) and Starting Your Career in the Fine Arts (2011, Allworth Press). Her artworks are in the permanent collections of Memorial Art Gallery University of Rochester and Dartmouth University's Medical School Art of Healing Gallery.
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