MHA believes that mindfulness is a key component of improving mental health, emotional resiliency, and reducing stress and is intimately woven into our organization's values. Our community-wide initiatives include classroom programs for students and educators, workshops for area businesses and organizations, as well as programs, classes and experiences for the general public. Our highly trained staff are happy to provide resources, information, and mindful moments throughout the county and beyond.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the foremost researcher in the field describes mindfulness as:
“The awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally”
At MHA, we also like to add “with kindness, curiosity, and gratitude” to the definition. We are proud to bring mindfulness to youth and adults in a variety of settings, utilizing the Growing Minds social emotional mindfulness curriculum.
The MHA Mindfulness Team was fortunate to attend an incredible seminar and guided meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn and meet him in Madison in 2019! We are fortunate to have one of the leading organizations for mindfulness and meditation research in Wisconsin - The Center for Healthy Minds - which sponsored his talk.
Mindfulness in the workplace can help reduce employee stress, enhance focus and effectiveness, improve employee morale and communication. This in turn can increase business revenue and quality of life at the office.
Incorporating mindfulness into the classroom, teachers can help their classrooms be calmer and more caring which contributes to a more effective learning environment.
As we become more mindful as individuals, the health of our community can improve dramatically. Integrating mindfulness into our community life in many different ways can bring about increased empathy, a deeper connection to others, improved cooperation, and enhanced public health.