"When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins,
there is a tiny gap called 'now.' Over time we learn to expand that gap."

– Spring Washam

The Body, Movement and Music

The first foundation of mindfulness is mindfulness of the body. This is an awareness of the body as body. It is something experienced as breath, flesh and bone. Introduction to mindfulness is often focused on the breath, experiencing breath and being breath. As the ability to maintain awareness of breath gets stronger, the practitioner becomes aware of the whole body. Body awareness is taken into movement. Chanting and rituals are opportunities to be mindful of body as it moves, and in this way we train to be mindful even when not meditating. 

Some of the themes covered in this learning path include: walking meditation, yoga, qigong, dance, improv, chanting, aging, illness, injury, pain, dying.