Unfortunately, stress, anxiety, and disconnection are all too common in the world today.
Despite consistently being rated one of the most liveable cities in the world, Vancouver is also one of the least affordable. In addition, studies have shown that meaningful friendships and community connections can be difficult to foster in Vancouver. These challenges can cause stress and anxiety that can have a variety of adverse effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health as well as our professional careers, and relationships.
Mindfulness meditation can be used as an effective tool not only for coping with all types of psychological stress, but also when done in a group setting can foster community and a sense of belonging. Mindfulness practice has been shown to produce positive changes in mood and brain function that persist beyond the time of active meditation. (Lazar 2005, 2011).
In a safe, supportive, and fun environment, Ann Marie coaches participants through awareness of the breath, body sensations, and relaxation to allow for positive thinking, clear communication, meaningful connections, and calm and focused minds.
Explore more here:
Social Isolation in Vancouver
- Vancouver Foundation Website – Connections and Community Engagement
- Community Connections and Engagement Report
- City of Vancouver – Engaged City Task Force Program to build community connections
- Health Effects of stress on the body (Healthline, 2014)
- Psychological benefits (Lazar, 2011); (Zeidan, F., Johnson, S. K., Diamond, B. J., David, Z., & Goolkasian, P. (2010). Mindfulness meditation improves cognition: Evidence of brief mental training. Consciousness and cognition, 19(2), 597-605.);
- Cognition (Boccia, M., Piccardi, L., & Guariglia, P. (2015). The meditative mind: A comprehensive meta-analysis of MRI studies. BioMed research international, 2015)
- Stress Reduction (Sharma, M., & Rush, S. E. (2014). Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a stress management intervention for healthy individuals a systematic review. Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine, 19(4), 271-286.)
- Sleep (Gong, H., Ni, C. X., Liu, Y. Z., Zhang, Y., Su, W. J., Lian, Y. J., … & Jiang, C. L. (2016). Mindfulness meditation for insomnia: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 89, 1-6)
- Relationships (Carson, J. W., Carson, K. M., Gil, K. M., & Baucom, D. H. (2004). Mindfulness-based relationship enhancement. Behavior therapy, 35(3), 471-494)
- Benefits of Social Connectedness for healthy communities (www.socialconnectedness.org)