We are thrilled to be equipping the staff of various city agencies this year with mindfulness tools that lower their stress levels and help them maintain focus and calm in challenging situations. The Baltimore Station Executive Director commented, “I was struck by the openness and increased introspection among the staff. With SHINE, we created a space … so that regardless of staff position, they all began to relate positively to one another.”
In order to let go, we must first know that we are holding on. That is where awareness comes in. Mindfulness is all about awareness. It is no more complicated than to start right where you are and realize that with awareness, you CAN let go.
SHINE is helping young parents grow, navigate life’s challenges, and become better parents. We recently graduated a group of young parents from a 10-session SHINE program. During our 10 weeks together, we focused on the Keys to Mindfulness [LINK], shared victories, practiced mindful listening and speaking, and learned ways to reduce stress and deal with strong feelings. The parents themselves had a lot to say about what they learned and how it is making a difference in their lives.