Mindfulness - The Global Reset
Mindfulness, from a western perspective, is best described as "remembering in each moment that you have a choice, to be kinder: to yourself, to others, and to the planet". Choice is the consequence of expanded knowledge and understanding, commonly referred to as being more aware. Awareness, in the context of being more mindful, is oriented towards what is better serving: to yourself, to others and to the planet.
Living habitually (on auto-pilot) is the antithesis of living mindfully. Living habitually is the result of three primary things: ignorance (not being aware, doing what you have always done), avoidance (being aware, and choosing not to act more kindly to yourself (first and foremost), and attachment (being aware, choosing to act using will power, but being unable to sustain the changes). Typically, ignorance, avoidance, and attachment result in suffering in one or more of the four aspects of human consciousness: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Mindfulness is the remedy for suffering. It's that simple. In fact, living mindfully is 'the reset' we need both personally and globally, a reset that sees people choosing to live with kindness; kindness for themselves, for others, and for the planet. Imagine a world where people naturally make loving choices about their personal health and wellbeing, where they voluntarily see and act on the opportunities to be kind to others, and hold the environment and nature with reverence.
"Living habitually is the antithesis of living mindfully."
This is Russell's vision, and is why he founded The Centre for Western Mindfulness. Although his deeply spiritual journey commenced when he was 30, it was when he turned 50 that his vision of global peace, stillness and healing, one person at a time truly emerged. Three years later, on the last day of his '40 days in the wilderness' (walking the Camino de Santiago) Russell made a commitment to devote the rest of his life to this end.
On Cape Finisterre, Spain, on the early morning of his 53rd birthday, Russell participated in an anointing ritual where these words, that he was inspired to write at 3am that same morning, served as the framework for his ongoing life-commitment:
I anoint your brow that your mind will be filled with peace, which will be foremost in your thoughts.
I anoint your abdomen that the passion of your body be turned towards justice, and assisting the needy.
I anoint your right breast that your heart will remain open, and full of mercy for all of mankind, and for yourself.
I anoint your left breast that your spirit will be filled with charity, the pure love of Christ, to be a light for others returning home.
With this anointing, you are invited to enter the Holy Place of the Temple of your Soul, where all that you choose to be will be guided by peace, justice, mercy, and charity.
Welcome into the House of God. From this day you will be a Son of God, no longer a son of man. Now you are called to do your Father's work.
Relinquish your attachment to the world, and with humility and grace, prepare to serve God, for this is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
Pathways to Mindfulness
The flagship of The Centre for Western Mindfulness is Pathways to Mindfulness (PTM), a personal mindfulness mentoring program that makes these sort of changes both possible, and sustainable. Since 2009, Russell has developed and refined this work, which has proven to be effective, seen in the hundreds of lives that have been transformed. PTM is delivered in both an eight-week and twenty-eight week format. The shorter version gives participants key tools from the unique C.H.A.S.M. process, and how to use them for adopting the western approach to mindfulness as a way of life.
The twenty-eight week PTM also teaches C.H.A.S.M. but with extended mentoring and guidance for adopting the tools of C.H.A.S.M. into one's day-to-day life. In the short course you are taught the tools and how to use them, in the long course you are helped to integrate the tools into your life.
Russell delivers both programs. The short course can be delivered as a personal eight-week mentoring program, or as a weekend workshop with a group. It can also be delivered online, once again both individually and in a group format. The PTM full program is only delivered as a one-on-one mentoring program either in person or online.
If you would like to discuss these options with Russell personally, please click on the link below to access Russell's calendar where you can book a free 15 minute meeting with Russell.
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