If you find your mind wandering while going about your daily routine, you aren’t alone. According to Harvard research, we spend almost half of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we’re doing. That’s a significant amount of time we’re missing things, from an item on the grocery list to a fleeting moment with a loved one.
Experts say mindfulness can change that. According to the ASU Center for Mindfulness, the practice has a number of benefits, including enhanced time management skills, compassion toward self and others, increased self-efficacy, a greater acceptance in the face of disappointments, resilience and equanimity.
Lindsay Morris, a Scottsdale mom and owner of Creative Mindset LLC, became curious about the practice earlier this year. After attending a workshop in Tucson led by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., mindfulness became her passion.
“The workshop was my first formal introduction to mindfulness,” Morris said. “It had such a profound impact on me that I approached Dr. Shapiro afterwards and asked if she’d be willing to come speak in Phoenix.”
Shapiro accepted the invitation and Morris got to work. She used her experience as a marketing and public relations consultant to launch AZ Mindful Moms, an online wellness resource for parents. She secured Desert Song Healing Arts Center and the ASU Center for Mindfulness as partners to launch a workshop, Messy Motherhood: The Power of Self-Compassion and Mindfulness, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 29.
“Mindfulness is a core component of compassion toward self and others. Many times, we ruminate on the past or worry about the future, and life passes us by,” said Nika Geuci, executive director of the ASU Center for Mindfulness. “Knowing that your current state of mind and the circumstances in your life are subject to change can be hugely empowering in dealing with life’s challenges. In this way, mindfulness is a great skill for parents — and everyone — in our society to learn.”
Led by Shapiro, the workshop will explore what mindfulness is and guide attendees through an experiential exercise, so they can move beyond a cognitive understanding of the practice. She’ll also offer advice on how to put it to use in your daily life.
Shapiro is a professor and clinical psychologist who has published more than 100 journal articles and chapters. She’s co-authored The Art and Science of Mindfulness, and Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to setting limits and raising an emotionally intelligent child.
“A lot of people have heard of mindfulness but don’t know what it means or why they should care about it,” Morris said. “Mindfulness is contagious. I want to share it with the rest of the world.”
Messy Motherhood: The Power of Self-Compassion and Mindfulness, takes place
2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, in Phoenix. Tickets are $70 and include the workshop and hosted reception catered by Kaleidoscope Juice and Original ChopShop. In addition, each attendee will receive a gift bag with more than $100 in gifts from sponsors.
The workshop is open to everyone, not just moms. For more: azmindfulmoms.com.