Mindfulness is a practice of purposeful paying attention to the mind, moment to moment, with care and compassion. It is the difference between fact—what is true just now--- and thought—the running commentary of the mind. As we learn to pay direct attention to our experience in this way, the mind/body complex naturally eases. This quality of mind is developed through the practices of meditation and learning to see clearly those habits of mind which are helpful and those which aren’t. As mindfulness strengthens, we learn to handle challenges—mental and physical—with greater ease and clarity.
The practices offered within this membership will give support through guided meditations and other daily practices to help see through the unhelpful habits of mind and cultivate those which are helpful
The meditations are not complex and you don't need to have previous experience or ‘special’ skills. Many of these meditations are short and ideal for beginners, busy people, and anyone who wants to weave more mindfulness & meditation into their day.
Jon Aaron first came across meditation in the 1970s, and then became more involved with the Insight Meditation community in the late 1990s, studying mindfulness meditation and Buddhism, which have since become central to his life. Along the way, Jon was asked to become a Practice Leader and started formally training to teach.
Jon trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which has granted him full certification as an MBSR teacher. He has taught over 65 cycles of the seminal curriculum, as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative.
Following an interest in working with people struggling with trauma, Jon studied with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which as qualified him as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®, having completed the 3-year professional training.