Updated: Feb 26, 2021
Winter Wellness Group
This winter stands to be a long, cold, and lonely one to quote The Beatles. In this season of COVID-19, it is easy to feel out of sorts. Especially as we begin to be inside more than out, our physical separation impacts our bodies, minds, and spirits our wholeness may feel fragile.
In the interest of maintaining the integral connections of these aspects of ourselves Mother Kim, Estelle Brodeur, and Caroline Coffill are coordinating a weekly offering and a monthly check-in meeting on zoom where we can support one another and care for our whole selves with God’s inspiration.
We invite you to join this group however you see fit, and invite you to pray daily, participate weekly and check in monthly.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a process that leads to a mental state of nonjudgmental awareness of the present experience, such as sensations, thoughts, bodily sensations, and our environment. It enables us to distance ourselves from our thoughts and feelings without labeling them as good or bad. Mindfulness can be a particularly helpful tool when we face anxiety – which has arisen so much for so many over the last year – as it directs us to focus on the present moment and how we might take meaningful action to live according to what we value.
Check out this brief video that introduces why mindfulness can be so powerful in helping us see our thoughts and feelings as they are beginning, not after we have gotten overwhelmed by them. With mindfulness, we can choose what we will strengthen and bring into action, as well as what we can gently let go of.
This week’s prompt is all about listening wholeheartedly, in your body, mind, and spirit. As we approach the one year anniversary of the global pandemic we are all called to listen deeply. There is a tradition following in the teachings of Ignatius, where you can immerse yourself in the scripture, by using your imagination to interact with scripture. It’s kind of like “virtual reality” from the 16th century. In today’s video we invite you to place ourselves in the scene – this reflection from Fr. James Martin gives a great primer for this.
Here are three wellness reflections to download.