A mindful approach to wellbeing through the contemplation of beauty
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 600 million people globally suffer from anxiety and depression. The associated societal burden is staggering in terms of loss of quality of life and economic costs. 2/3 of those who suffer from anxiety and depression never seek help, in part due to associated stigmas. Emergent evidence supports the use mindfulness meditation practice to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and enhance wellbeing in diverse populations ranging in age from primary school children to older adults. In the academic literature, mindfulness is defined as, “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” Jon Kabat Zinn, 1994. During mindfulness practice, the mind is trained to be present with an attitude of compassion, openness, and kindness. The benefits of this practice are inner calm and relaxation while improving self-efficacy beliefs to deal with stressful situations. Mindfulness provides an easy, sustainable skill that can be practiced by anyone with a desire to achieve greater wellbeing in the midst of daily life stressors. In this session you will learn: 1. To contemplate beauty in nature with pure awareness to achieve a state of relaxation, mental calm and well-being. 2. Breathing exercises to promote relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. 3. To engage your senses to experience enhanced feelings of connection to yourself and nature.
Karen Roth has over 15 years experience in research and practice of mind-body-spirit wellbeing. She received her Ph.D. from George Mason University (USA) in Educational Psychology/Neuroscience in 2009. Karen is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and co-founder of Rothwellness.org in Hamilton. A published author, Karen's research interests involve the bio/psycho/social processes underlying the therapeutic benefits of yoga and the relationships between yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing in high-stress populations. Karen has been diagnosed with chronic PTSD as a result of childhood trauma and she is passionate about sharing her experiences to help others.