Southern Mindfulness Institute
Our mindfulness training classes fuse ancient philosophies with modern psychology and neuroscience. We offer instruction in a variety of techniques - breath attention, daily mindful exercises and the purposeful movement of walking meditation and mindful movement.
Through a variety of formal practices, the carefully developed programs will guide you in cultivating present moment awareness. Present moment awareness is key to developing greater clarity, helping you to recognize negative patterns of reactivity, conditioned behavior and unproductive thoughts. The techniques employed are secular and compatible with any faith tradition.
We start at the beginning. We meet you where you are and we guide you toward clarity, resiliency and well being.
Lasting between a half day to two days, our workshops can introduce mindfulness into your organization, school or group. All workshops can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the client.
We can create an immersive experience at your location or work with you to customize a day to one week retreat for your team.
We participate in retreats, conferences and symposiums throughout the US. Staying abreast of cutting edge science and best practices allows us to provide the very best service to our clients and our community.
Keynotes & Speaker Series
We have experience delivering topically-relevant keynotes to audiences of any size.
Join us at 'The Goose" July 7 - 10.
We are impacting youth in juvenile detention and after school programs as well as seniors in Greenville S.C. We are serving healthcare providers, Hospice staff and people in addiction recovery in Raleigh N.C.
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Scientific research is showing us how meditation can make changes in our brain for the better. Exciting research is demonstrating this through various modalities:
- Empathy and Compassion
- Flexibility in the stress response
A very exciting and emerging field of study is Mindfulness and our health. Mindfulness has been proven though many randomized controlled and peer reviewed studies to have many health benefits.
- Lowered blood presser
- Improved pain control
- Management of stress and anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Improved imune response
The modern work place can be demanding, stressful and filled with
digital distraction. Mindfulness techniques are scientifically based and
proven to assist with and the development of:
- Resilience habits
- Creativity and innovation
- Stress and conflict management
- Improved energy awareness and maintenance
- Increased productivity
- Greater mental clarity
- Foundations of emotional intelligence
Positive Psychology & Happiness
Students learn about cross-disciplinary research, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and more. We offer strategies for tapping into, developing and nurturing your own happiness. Emphasis is placed on the practical implementation of the latest scientific discoveries on psychological well-being.
- Discover what happiness is and why it matters to you
- Learn how to increase you own happiness
- Understand the power of social connection
- Learn resiliency habits
- Discover what is mindfulness and its real world applications
Compassion and Empathy
Compassion is a trait that can be cultivated through mindfulness practices. Meditation appears to teach the mind to move directly from an observation of suffering to benevolent action. Action is scientifically proven to be healthier than inaction. Compassion leads to:
- Improved outlook and contentment
- Altruistic behavior
- Reduced depression
- Community building
- Compassionate Awareness
Through mindfulness based practices we explore the aging process as a dynamic system within a dynamic system. 93% of our graduates have experienced self reported increased quality of life in:
- Environmental Mastery
- Personal Growth
- Positive Relationships with Others
- Purpose in Life
- Self Acceptance
We deliver in-person and scale
(Online school coming soon)
Our mission is to provide a multifaceted mindfulness program of professional training, education, research, and outreach. We endeavor to further the practice of mindfulness and compassion in a diverse population including at risk individuals.
Our vision is a world generous with compassion and acceptance.
Our core values:
- We believe that there is innate wisdom and health in every human being.
- We believe that practicing mindfulness will help all people respond to the flow of life in a resilient and peaceful manner; lead to more joyful, compassionate, healthy and meaningful lives; and become positive agents for change in their communities.
- We are open and inclusive to all who wish to deepen their experience of themselves and their place in the greater community.