What is Mindfulness and Contemplative Practice?

Today’s life is full of distractions, and many people find themselves wanting to reconnect with something deeper. But it’s also a world filled with quick fixes, and unrealistic views of contemplative practice. So it is important to understand what mindfulness is, and how it is approached at Copper Beech.

For us, mindfulness is our innate capacity to be open and attentive in the present moment. When we are mindful, we awaken to the fullness of each experience as it happens—without judging it to be good or bad, right or wrong. This awareness and gentle attention helps us touch deeply the wonders of life and address the causes of suffering in our lives.

Although mindfulness is innate, intentional practices—such as meditation and yoga—help to more deeply cultivate mindfulness in our daily lives. The many programs we offer at Copper Beech Institute are an opportunity to learn these practices with the support of a community—and to bring mindful attention into all aspects of life; from talking and listening to eating, loving, resting, working and playing. We invite you to begin and deepen your mindfulness practice with us.

Benefits to mindfulness practice

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater insight into ourselves
  • Deeper compassion for ourselves and others
  • Increased focus on the moment
  • Greater happiness, health and peace

We invite you to explore our program offerings, including classes for beginners.