With Spring starting this week in the Upper Valley, we begin to anticipate running sap, blossoming of plants and flowing of frozen waterways. The other blossoming we welcome is the start of 2 more mindful living groups. The Managing Chronic Conditions Mindfully program (MCCM) is what I call the little-brother of the CORE program we began in February. That program is intense and demanding, exploring the breadth of the PARA skills, as we call them. The MCCM is shorter, more practice-focussed and light on reading and self-study. It was developed to concentrate on the acquisition and cultivation of mindfulness or attention, the first A of PARA. It responds to the needs of many former participants who struggled with chronic illness and had less developed reading and study skills.
One of the groups will be held in Pembroke at the RMML Centre, the other will be in Cobden, using the well-known “badge” of Change Your Mind, the program that started it all for us about 12 years ago. Both are daytime groups and both share the same material and format. It will be interesting to see how effective a lighter version of this training may be. It’s heartening to see that, even after 12 years of program delivery, there remains an interest in using non-medical, non-pharmaceutical interventions like mindful living to address chronic health conditions.
- The Padakun Centre for Contemplative Walking
- The Padakun Centre is the single research centre for the exploration and promotion of contemplative walking. Based on the work of Innen Ray Parchelo, Padakun strives to gain and share understanding for the benefits of walking as a contemplative experience and practice.