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.
In SHINE, we emphasize gratitude because of the powerful effects it has on the physical body, as well as mental and emotional outlook. Research shows that people who practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal are healthier, more optimistic and more likely to achieve their goals.
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.