A Day To Be More Present: Annual Mindfulness Day, September 12th 2012
09/06/2012

The second annual Mindfulness Day will take place September 12, 2012. This is a day to explore and embrace mindfulness and meditation.

Online PR News – 06-September-2012 – Somerville, MA – For Immediate Release:
Contact: Lydia Anderson, 617-776-7416 x27, mindfulnessday@gmail.com

A Day To Be More Present: Celebrate of the Power of Mindfulness
September 12th 2012, Annual Mindfulness Day

(Boston, MA, September 2012)—Last year, people across the globe celebrated the first annual Mindfulness Day through workshops, meditation groups, or simply taking a few minutes out of their days to be mindful. This year, be sure to celebrate on September 12.

Mindfulness has already gone beyond the Buddhist and ‘spiritual culture’ and is being appreciated by practitioners of psychotherapy, general medicine, education, and even the military is finding benefit in its application. Mindfulness Day aims to raise awareness in the general population about the value and benefit mindfulness brings.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of developing presence in all aspects of our lives—whether we are working, driving, gardening, cleaning, or having dinner with our families. A state of constant, peaceful presence is the goal and result of mindfulness. Practitioners of mindfulness find that a mindful approach to relationships leads to greater relationship satisfaction; a mindful approach to exercise both increases its benefits and supports a healthier lifestyle; and mindful eating leads to greater weight loss.

Mindfulness Day offers people a chance to recharge by integrating mindfulness in their own personal way. This day offers individuals and communities a chance to embrace a practice they may have heard about, experiment with it, and make it their own if they enjoy it.

Mindfulness is the practice of developing presence in all aspects of our lives—whether we are working, driving, or having dinner with our families. A state of constant, peaceful presence is the goal and result of mindfulness.

How to celebrate

There are many ways you can celebrate Mindfulness Day. Here are just a few:

• Set aside time during the day to unplug and meditate—even if it’s only for a few minutes, breathing deeply while acknowledging and releasing your thoughts can help calm your nerves and relax your body and mind.
• Take a yoga or meditation class.
• Hold a “mindfulness flash mob” or “meditation flash mob” in your community.
• Invite your neighbors over for a “mindfulness party” where you sit in quiet contemplation, prayer, or meditation.
• Attend a retreat.
• Hold a special prayer or meditation circle of with your spiritual community.
• Join together with your family for a special meal to reconnect with relatives.
• Organize a quiet commute or moment of silence with your car pool, bus, or train.
• Start one of the many books on mindful living, follow a mindfulness blog, or join an online mindfulness forum.

You can find more information and ideas on the Mindfulness Day Facebook page (facebook.com/dayofmindfulness) and website (www.dayofmindfulness.com).

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Supporting Material:

Interview Opportunities:
The following people can speak to the practice of mindfulness as it relates to movement/health, therapy/psychology, children, writing,

Frank Jude Boccio, author of
Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind,

Thomas Bien, Ph.d., author of
Mindful Therapy: A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professionals

Lauren Alderfer, author of childrens book
Mindful Monkey, Playful Panda

Dinty Moore, MFA, author of
The Mindful Writer

Pillar Jennings, author of
Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

Notes to Editor:
B-roll and ancillary affidavit info will be available: Twitter.com/mindfulness_day and facebook.com/dayofmindfulness are communities operating for people to obtain information about Mindfulness Day, mindfulness, and meditation as well as network with others. Participants are encouraged to share information, coordinate mindfulness events, and offer stories and video on how mindfulness has impacted them. Additional information can be found at http://www.dayofmindfulness.com.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION--

About Mindfulness:
Mindfulness is a personal practice that helps generate a peaceful, compassionate mindset in the world, so people can be quirky, creative, spontaneous, and authentic in how they want to celebrate. It’s also very simple, since people can choose to be mindful at any time, anywhere in their daily lives.

About Wisdom:
Wisdom Publications, located in Somerville, Massachusetts, is dedicated to making available authentic Buddhist works for the benefit of all. They publish their titles with the appreciation of Buddhism as a living philosophy and with the special commitment to preserve and transmit important works from all of the major Buddhist traditions. Wisdom Publications is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, and all profits are reinvested into the creation of new works.