When I first hit the “register” button for the Mindfulness Ambassador Program (MAP), I wasn’t initially sure what to expect. I felt like I was diving into the unknown, wondering to myself, “What will I get out of it?” “What is it going to teach me that I don’t already know?”
Being a mindfulness facilitator, I actively research programs, resources and studies on mindfulness. There’s a lot out there — and it can be challenging to decipher which ones are truly going to be a good fit. But, the fact that this program is evidence-based and draws from the Mindfulness Without Borders curriculum was a huge selling point.
After I completed the Mindfulness Ambassador Facilitator Course, I quickly realized it was a good fit. After completing the 12-week course, I led the program myself for a small group of participants. After hearing responses from people like Jess, I knew I had hit on something:
“I work in a pretty stressful and high-pressure environment and struggle with incorporating daily mindful rituals into my routine. The foundation of the course opened up my eyes to ways I can incorporate mindfulness into my everyday life — even when I’m eating (which was one of my favorite parts of the class)!”
Now that we’re being thrown back into the hustle and bustle of work, the rush of after-school activities and calendars full of social events as pandemic restrictions lift, checking in with ourselves is a must.
The MAP program centers around 12 defining principles:
- Mindfulness Basics
- Paying Attention
- Discovering Inside
- Connecting Authentically
- Practicing Gratitude
- The Mind-Body Connection
- Emotional intelligence
- Emotional Triggers
- Exploring Open-Mindedness
- Handling Conflict Skillfully
- Nurturing Compassion
- Being the Change
The program calls on facets of social and emotional intelligence research by teachers like Daniel Goleman and Jon Kabat-Zinn. We’ll dive into dialogue prompts, examine inspirational quotes, engage in mindfulness meditation practices and have weekly readings and discussions. Vocal participation is optional, but encouraged.
I am thrilled to be teaching this program starting this month, and I can’t wait to experience the wisdom and insights from participants who will be joining me.
Top benefits of the MAP program include, but are not limited to:
- Increased self-awareness
- Decreased anxiety
- Improved conflict management skills
- Improved social awareness
Life changes for us unexpectedly. I can say from experience that the MAP program allows us to be ready for what’s to come. Whether it’s a global pandemic, a personal loss, unemployment or familial challenges, we can face anything head on if we have the emotional tools in our pocket.
With that, I’d love to take this journey with you — will you join me?
Got questions? Email me at email@example.com