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Intentional Mindfulness

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the modern movement of mindfulness, he describes mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention while at the same time, describing mindfulness as "paying attention in a particular way; on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally".  I would like to add to his definition about mindfulness being an intentional movement.  Mindfulness done well can be considered more than a movement.  It can become a lifestyle.  My focus for teaching mindfulness would be to help individuals reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.  According to an article in Mindfulness and Compassion (2017), Depression and Anxiety are two of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the United States.  At the same time, depression and anxiety knows no bounds.  It affects more and more people from various age groups, socio-economic statuses, and professional backgrounds.  In other news, mindfulness can help improve study skills for students and increase productivity in the workplace. 


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Family Service, Inc. and the RD Duncan Institute for Professional Development is conducting a research project entitled, "The Impact of Teaching Mindfulness For Those Living With Depression and Anxiety".  We are looking for 25 participants who are grappling with symptoms of depression or anxiety.  You would be learning the utilization of mindfulness and meditation techniques that are designed to help in your on-going treatment of anxiety or depression.  Dr. Robin Duncan will be the Primary Investigator for this study and as a practitioner himself, he brings lots of teaching experience to the table.  At this time, the study is being conducted in Sioux Falls, SD, but after the research is complete, he is willing to design an online or a live program to help those in other areas of the country or even the globe.  If you are a local and are interested in participating, there are two programs that will take place.  Dr. Duncan is looking for 13 participants who are interested in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and 12 participants interested in the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course.  For more information and registration, please go to the tab entitled Registration for the Mindfulness courses.