Your Stories: February 2012
When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?
I would say I first informally started practicing mindfulness when I was very young. My family has a lake home in Minnesota, where we would spend the weekends together. At our lake home, we do not have a telephone, television, computer, or much technical connection to others, etc. As a result, our days were spent mindfully cooking, eating together, walking in the woods, swimming in the lake, sitting, observing the world/nature around us.
When I think in my mind's eye of my favorite place in the world...it is here. I recognize that it is not necessarily a place as such for anyone who comes to visit. I have come to believe it is because of the years spent at the lake, it is a place of emotional and physical attachment enriched with mindful existence connected to my family.
Therefore what brought me to MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA) was a natural or organic walk.... I worked for the geneticist who is one of the founders of MARC. We connected on our conscious intention to be "mindful" of living in an environment that has created a certain level of anxiety within each of us that did not "sit well." So I guess I sought out a different way in which to formally as well as informally "sit" in life differently... more mindfully... and as an adult who cannot run off to the lake home every weekend.Read more »