The Art of Mindful Movement (AMM) is a movement practice based on the principles of mindfulness. AMM is not just another exercise routine or workout program. It’s a way to live your life, one step at a time. By practicing mindful movements, you will become more aware of what goes on around you and how it affects your thoughts and emotions. You’ll develop greater self-compassion and compassion for others. And you’ll have a better chance of being happier and healthier.
Mindfulness is defined as “the state or quality of being alert, focused, and/or mindful.” It refers to paying attention to the present moment without judging it. This awareness allows us to experience our lives with greater clarity and peace.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are many different types of mindfulness practices. Some focus on focusing on the breath; some on observing feelings and sensations; and others on other mental states such as concentration or insight. But all of them share common characteristics: they’re designed to bring us into a deeper level of awareness and allow us to make changes in our minds, bodies, emotions, and behaviors. There are many benefits to practicing mindfulness techniques, including stress reduction and pain management. The good thing is that it takes very little time and can be done anywhere at any time of day or night.
The AMM program is also known as a secular mindfulness program. That means it’s not associated with any one religion or belief system. Practicing it doesn’t require you to adopt any spiritual ideology other than being more in touch with your body and mind in the present moment. As such, people of all beliefs can participate in and benefit from this approach. While mindfulness is a very popular topic nowadays, it’s important to note that many researchers have found secular mindfulness practices to be as effective as other forms of the practice.
Mindfulness involves two different types of practice: formal and informal. Formal practice happens on a regular basis and can be done for a set amount of time or for a certain number of times per week. These are the practices you’ll do at least once per day (though you can certainly practice more often if you like). Informal practice involves doing any type of mindfulness technique at any time during the day.
In this program, formal practices include:
Body Scan Meditation
Informal practices involve most everything else. That includes mindful movement, yoga, and mindful eating (coming soon…).
This program involves a minimum of formal practice. What that means is that you’ll be doing at least five minutes of formal practice at least once a day. You can certainly do more formal practice if you like.
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Who is Brendon?
Brendon is a psychologist, an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioner, a VA Hospital employee, and a mindfulness/meditation enthusiast. He created the Mindfulness Made Simple program to help people incorporate mindfulness into their lives on a daily basis.
Brendon earned his doctorate from the University of Iowa and has been involved in research focused on health, mindfulness, and quality of life. He enjoys biking, hiking, spending time with his wife and daughter, and playing/listening to music.
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