For three years in a row I have raised funds for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto in support of their Community Programs. The main event is the Mindfulness Challenge, a gathering of hundreds of meditators, in multiple locations, to be contemplative for four hours. Here is an interview from last year about my experience.
How does mindfulness show up in your life?:
Awareness raised by my mindfulness practice not only helps me cope with anxiety but it also shines a light on what I need to let go of in my life in order to sustain wellbeing. I have also studied the history, science and practices of mindfulness to supplement my continuing education as an ICF credentialed coach. The most meaningful discussions with my clients have started with a mindfulness exercise.
Why do you participate in the Challenge?
Mindfulness benefits everyone. I am pleased to see The Centre for Mindfulness Studies making mindfulness therapy more accessible. Honestly, I am not a fan of fundraising but doing it for the Mindfulness Challenge is not a chore. My friends and colleagues get the concept easily and find the initiative refreshing. They are happy to contribute.
What was your first Challenge experience like?
I was delighted to experience a variety of mindfulness activities. The theme statement, Resilient self, Resilient communities, reflects not only my own journey that year but it reminds us that our self-care is a foundation for connecting with others.