Welcome to Part 1 of “The Practice and Practicality of Mindfulness”, Episode #71 of Co-creating Peace, a podcast series about conscious communication and conflict transformation.
I've spoken about mindfulness and some of its many applications several times in this podcast – as a tool for conscious communication, conflict prevention, and conflict transformation.
Andrew Safer, founder of Safer Mindfulness Inc., is with me today to walk us through a brief mindfulness exercise, and share some insights into the practice of mindfulness, and additional ways that mindfulness can benefit our lives. In the conversation you are about to hear, Andrew will take us through a brief mindfulness exercise. During the exercise, there will be periods of silence. There’s nothing wrong with the recording, it’s simply for the purpose of the exercise.
Andrew Safer is a mindfulness instructor and trainer, program developer, workshop facilitator, and author. Andrew began practicing mindfulness in the Zen tradition 53 years ago, and pivoted to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition after meeting the meditation master Chogyam Trungpa. From his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, he specializes in developing and implementing applied mindfulness programs for mental health and addictions, and for the workplace. Recently, he piloted Suicide Prevention Through Mindfulness Training with Canadian Mental Health Association—Newfoundland and Labrador. His book, Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Wellness, was published in 2018, and can be found on Amazon.
Join me next week for Part 2 of “The Practice and Practicality of Mindfulness”, when I will lead you through a short mindfulness exercise that I wrote for my Conscious Leadership class, and Andrew will tell us more about the practice of mindfulness, including mindful listening and how we can use mindfulness practice to support us in times of crisis, and even as a tool for suicide prevention.
In the meantime, you can learn more about Andrew and his work at www.safermindfulness.com. Andrew is offering a complimentary 30-minute mindfulness instruction session to listeners of this podcast. You can harvest this opportunity by going to: safermindfulness.com/podcast-listeners. Andrew has also provided a worksheet on mindful listening, which you can find at: safermindfulness.com/mindful-listening.