Frequently asked questions:
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the intentional and non-judgemental way of paying attention to our emotions, thoughts, and sensory experience in the present moment, with kindness and compassion. It is a practice of being fully be aware of our experience as it's unfolding.
In a world where we are often quick to react to our first impulses, mindfulness helps us create a space between a stimulus and how we respond. It’s a practice in choosing how we respond rather than being at the mercy of our emotions and thoughts.
Stimulus -> reaction
Stimulus -> space created by practicing mindfulness-> response
What are mindfulness practices?
Examples of MAP (mindfulness awareness practices) are:
- Mindful breathing techniques
- Mindful eating
- Mindful listening
- Mindful movement
- Compassion and Self-compassion meditations
What does mindfulness have to do with Islam?
Mindfulness is inherent in the very foundation of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) would meditate, reflect and ponder the realities of his time. The five daily prayers (salat) is mindful movement, a meditation of gratitude and humility in front of our creator (swt). Mindfulness goes hand in hand with the pillars of faith and examples from the prophets life (peace and blessings be upon him).
How will this help me?
Mindfulness is a holistic, research-backed and effective method for stress reduction. Practicing mindfulness can give us a greater sense of calm, focus and clarity. It can increase empathy, self awareness, and inner strength. Mindfulness can reduce reactivity, aggression and feelings of anxiety. By practicing proven techniques of staying present to our experience, we can create a positive shift in our daily interactions, and enhance our overall health and well-being.
In clinical studies mindfulness practices have been shown to:
- Reduce stress and cortisol levels
- Strengthen the immune system and promote faster healing
- Lower blood pressure
- Raise serotonin levels, promoting better sleep
- Promote mindful consumption of food for optimal health of body and mind
How will this help my child?
In our work with youth, Mindful Muslims brings social and emotional learning to your child's educational experience. The self regulation techniques they will learn will help your child:
- Calm their bodies and minds when upset, stressed, nervous
- Enhance their attention skills
- Cultivate empathy and compassion for themselves and others
Is it only for Muslims?
We’ve created this program specifically to emphasize the richness of the Islamic tradition. Mindfulness is an attribute that Muslims can be proud of as an Islamic tradition and a way to increase closeness to the Creator (swt). However, anyone who is interested in enhancing their health and wellbeing is welcome to join us!
How will this benefit parents and educators?
- Our trainings and workshops help with understanding how stress affects the health and well-being of our children and ourselves
- It gives us a space to reflect and mindfully teach, parent and lead with compassion, mirroring the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
- By using specific mindfulness awareness practices based on Islamic teachings, creates an optimal learning environment in Muslim homes, schools and communities