THE INNERWORK CENTER is Richmond’s premier source for high-quality mindfulness programs including:
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to the present moment. It can be practiced formally through different forms of meditation, and informally through specific techniques we can use as we go about our days. Mindfulness teaches us to observe our thought patterns and the information we gather through our senses. When we focus our attention on the present moment, we enhance our ability to gain clarity, act with intention, reduce stress, and embrace life more fully.
For a deeper dive on mindfulness, enjoy this essay by our very own Kay and Philip Davidson, PhDs. resource section.
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is simply practicing concentration. Our minds generate thousands of thoughts a day and become easily distracted, which is magnified by our modern lifestyles of constant connection and interruption. Many of us suffer from a lack of down time for rest, solitude, and reflection. We can train our concentration muscles much like we train our bicep muscles at the gym through regular attention and repetition of a particular exercise - specifically, through meditation. Neurons in the brain that fire together begin to wire together, and over time, regular meditation practice allows us to focus better at home, at work, with our loved ones, and in any parts of our lives where we seek more presence.
What is NOT meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is not an out-of-body experience, nor is it tied to any particular religion. The meditation practices at The Innerwork Center are secular and appropriate for everyone.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS TEACHER TRAINING?
Led by Philip and Kay Davidson, PhDs, our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program is an intensive curriculum designed to prepare you to share your mindfulness practice as a teacher to others, enabling you to lead practice groups and workshops on your own.
The program is currently full. Please check back for details on when a new class will begin, or contact us for more information.
Note: Mindfulness programs appear in turquoise on our calendar.