A Message from Alexi Arvanitidis, LMFT, Program Manager at StarVista’s Mindfulness Project Program
Hello, Wonderful Community!
While The Mindfulness Project is operating in a limited capacity during this time, we thought it would be very useful to offer some resources, as well as some perspective, on how mindfulness applies in tough times like these.
Mindfulness is about awareness and acceptance of the present moment. As you read this, you might be saying to yourself that the present moment isn’t all that good. While there is some truth to that, this gives us the opportunity to exercise control over the things we can while accepting the things we can’t. We do have some control over whether we engage (physically or virtually) with our loved ones, whether we pursue personal interests, whether we focus on where we can be productive in our day-to-day lives, rather than allow our present moments to be dictated by the communal challenges we are facing together. We use mindfulness in this time to create a present moment that allows us to feel just a little bit better about our days, and then maybe about our weeks, and months…
So please, take a moment while we are social distancing to go for a walk or run, ride a bike, have a deep conversation, meditate, do that thing you’ve wanted to do but have been putting off. Take time to be present.
We look forward to getting back into the community down the road and again sharing our time with you. Until then, please be well and stay mindful.
Please take a look at these infographics for tips on grounding yourself and practicing mindfulness:
StarVista’s Mindfulness Project program provides Mindfulness-Based Treatment (MBT) groups to young people in our community that are working to overcome life challenges by improving self-awareness, emotional well-being, and reducing substance use. Participants learn to stay present, work through life’s stresses more effectively, employ coping strategies and be their authentic selves.