Frank Gantz of Davidson is hoping to drum up interest in creating a “mindfulness” community in the area. He describes it as a way of reducing stress and improving their quality of life.
“There are mindfulness communities in Salisbury and in Charlotte, but maybe it is time for our own community in Davidson,” he says.
Mindfulness practice has its roots in Buddhism, but it has been adopted in the West by everyone from Christian groups to counseling centers.
If you would be interested in creating such a community or if you would just like to learn more about it, please contact Frank Gantz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a more detailed description what he’s talking about:
Mindfulness involves learning to simply be present in any activity, accepting things as they are without judging or letting go of judgments or thoughts as they arise. As we learn to let go of the “internal chatter” and constant evaluation, we become more focused, more present in this moment, living more fully. This has obvious consequences for connecting with loved ones and enjoying what is “here and now,” rather than worrying about what did happen or what could happen.