Quiet mindulness is a skill we all need to learn in our over-stimulated lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s defines mindfulness as a “means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
It all starts with noticing your breath and this simple quiet peace flows into everything else the practitioner encounters.
My plan is to place pillows and/or cushions (and a few chairs for those not able to sit on the ground) with a sign that simply reads “Free Med-O+-tation” This will be self guided with printed pamphlets describing the benefits of even a few minutes of meditation, including simple directions stating to simply focus on the breathing, and when you find yourself distracted, acknowledge it and focus on your breathing again.
This event directly inspired by this example of street meditation in Barcelona:
Paralegal by day and general busy body the rest of the time, Cathy Schmitz stays active within her local community. She is current Treasurer of Arts Mid Hudson and also volunteers for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Barrett Arts Center, maintains POKLIT, hosts literary readings and salons in Dutchess County, and is involved with many other community groups and organizations. She has a degree in Literature from Bard College and also earned a Business Degree in Paralegal Studies from Dutchess Community College. She enjoys all types of art including but not limited to written, visual and musical arts. She lives and meditates in Poughkeepsie with her husband, the abstract artist K.D. Schmitz.