The Mindfulnets Community: Why, How and What

Posted On Nov 11 2013    Author :Faith Fogel
Mindfulnets: Enhancing your mindfulness practice and growing community online and off

Mindfulnets: Enhancing your mindfulness practice and growing community online and off. (Photo by Vinícius Sgarbe)

 

The first time I ever meditated, the teacher instructed us to keep our eyes open, with a soft gaze focused about 6 feet ahead.  Of course, there are many different methods and the idea is to find the method that works for you.  But in that particular method, the goal was to integrate mindfulness with our surroundings, rather than block them from our vision.

Mindfulnets functions on the same principle.  What is it? It’s an innovative merging of mindfulness and technology, aiding and encouraging us to bring mindfulness into all areas of our lives.  Mindfulnets doesn’t replace established connections or mindfulness practices, it supports them and extends them into areas of our lives where we might easily forget them, like the office, the 5 minutes before a stressful meeting, or a doctor’s waiting room.

I’ve heard mindfulness described as what keeps our boats steady and on course in the midst of life’s sometimes choppy sea.  In a Huffington Post piece, Deborah Shoeberlein points out the the sea and the waves themselves support us, so we needn’t obsess about our boats. No matter how you interpret the metaphor, the sea will be choppy at times, and sustained mindfulness practice allows us to recognize that we are supported by the boat of our body, and by the sea of this crazy life even when things are really hard.

Why Mindfulnets?  The Mindfulnets community believe the world will be a better place to live when we include mindfulness practice in our daily life .  That simple?  Yes, that simple.  Practice, practice every day, even if just for minutes at a time.  Tap into a supportive community that encourages and supports your practice, and you won’t feel quite so vulnerable to life’s stresses, twists, and turns.

How will Mindfulnets  Community foster and facilitate mindfulness practice?  Mindfulnets will give access to real time meditation groups online, allowing you to invite friends and colleagues into your practice, and offer themed practice groups, such as mindfulness and depression.  You can sign up for reminders, get feedback about your practice, and access mindfulness exercises on the go.

What Mindfulnets provides: A supportive community for mindfulness practice to get through stress-related medical concerns and life challenges.  Stress is linked to more and more medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression.  Beyond that, none of us get through life without dealing with its challenging surprises: relationships end, loved ones die, jobs come and go.  We are creatures who crave relative stability, but the laws of nature dictate beginnings, endings, growth, and change.

And this is only the beginning.  Try it out.  If you like it, help crowdfund Mindfulnets. Your supportive community for mindfulness practice to get through stress-related medical concerns and life challenges.