“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” —Mindful.org
Back in October 2016, I was feeling some anxiety. I had just injured my right leg and I was very worried about the U.S. elections. Seeking relief from my stress, I started participating in a Mindful Meditation Group at my local library. It was freeing to be able to acknowledge my feelings and to be reassured that I was going to be fine.
If you are in the New York City area and are interested in attending a Mindfulness Meditation Group, we meet once a month at the Parkchester Library, 1985 Westchester Avenue in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. The workshop is offered the first Saturday of each month from 12 noon-1 pm and is facilitated by Nina Maness, Adult Librarian. The group has discussed the possibility of offering the group on a weekly or biweekly basis because those of us who regularly attend find it SO useful.
Yes, I still experience occasional anxiety, especially in light of the election results, which put me in a state of disbelief and depression for at least three months. I make certain to take some time for regular meditation, even if only for a few minutes, because practicing self-care and self-love is mandatory in this toxic political and social climate. Meditating helps center me, and give me peace and release.
For information about the Mindful Meditation Group, visit the Parkchester Library website here
You can find some guided meditations (in both English and Spanish) here.