Susan: The Penn Program on Mindfulness changed my life. This is not an over statement it is the truth. Every morning I start my day hearing Dr. Michael Baime talk to me via CD. I relax. My body softens. My mind clears. My creativity can focus and soar at the same time.
I accomplish much more because time slows down. I can turn off head chatter by simply taking a breath. That simple, delicate act of enjoying a breath is the greatest gift I can give to myself and the people I service.
Robin: I, like so many, go through the day without taking time for myself. The Penn Mindfulness Program has shown me the value of creating oppportunities during the day for concentrated breathing and quiet time.
My work is about stress reduction and ergonomics which translates into presentation skills and natural beauty. Most of my clients don't meditate. However they all learn how to enjoy their breath, creativity, ability and self confidence. Mediation is magic.
Steve M: I was probably not the typical participant in the mindfulness program, but I found it very worthwhile in the doing, and I'm pleased to have added the wonderful life skill of meditation as I journey along life's way.
What I have taken from the program is the ability in certain stressful situations to use the program's techniques to help me effectively gather and calm unfocused and sometimes fearful thoughts in a few, short minutes of sitting quietly with my eyes closed and concentrating on my breathing. The benefits from doing that have been substantial, and quite long lasting.
It is clear to me that there is much value in engaging in regular (i. e., daily), half-hour (or more) periods of stillness, breathing and meditation. It is also true, however, that there is much value in being able to apply that approach sporadically and for much shorter periods of time. I greatly appreciate the mindfulness program's leading me to that understanding.