Mind Your Head: Mind Matters and the Importance of Mental Health

Posted by Layla Ahmad, July 19, 2017
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The word "mindfulness" has become about as trendy as matcha, and you've probably heard it thrown around a whole bunch. But what is it and what does it mean? Does minding your own business make you mindful? Is it meditation? Does it take long? How do you become mindful? We set out to clear up these questions, because we all deserve to be a little less stressed and a little more #blessed.

Mind Matters is a cool series of workshops that explores different aspects of what being mindful means, and what it can do to help you in your day-to-day life. Whether it's being less stressed, unplugging from the internet, or simply not giving a sh*t, mindfulness can help us all. Here, we talk with Mind Matters' Kate Petriw to find out what exactly mindfulness means.

Q: How did Mind Matters start?

A: Mind Matters started because we noticed there was a gap between talking to your friends about issues and seeing a therapist. There wasn't really anything in between, so we thought we would connect people with experts such as psychotherapists, mindfulness instructors, and productivity pros to help people improve their mind in an easy and comfortable environment.

Q: Mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. How does Mind Matters define mindfulness?

A: A quick an easy definition from our mindfulness instructor is: "Mindfulness allows us to stay in the present moment. If we spend our time analyzing the past or worrying about the future this causes us to miss valuable moments in the now."

Q: What made you see a need for an unconventional approach to mindfulness?

A: I think there are a lot of opportunities in Toronto to explore mindfulness which is amazing; however, what I found is they are most typically offered in yoga studios, ashrams, or mental health clinics. We wanted to bring mindfulness to a broader group, and to those who have never heard of it before. That's why hosting it at the Drake was a perfect fit for us - you think of this location as a great place to meet people, hang out, and enjoy yourself.

Q: How did you discover mindfulness in your personal life?

A: Around four years ago I was quite stressed out about work and life in general and I discovered a "How to Meditate" class being offered at a Buddhist temple. I found the nuggets of wisdom taught in the class along with the mediation practice really helpful in putting my problems into perspective and learning how to calm my mind.

Q: How has it helped you, personally?

A: When I find myself freaking out or stressing over small things, my mindfulness practice helps me to stay a bit more clear headed allows me thoughtfully look at issues that might be causing me to worry.

Q: In what ways have you seen a person benefit from mindfulness?

A: Most people find that it's relaxing, reduces their anxiety, allows them to let things go more easily and personally I've noticed that people who do it often have a beautiful glow!

Get into the zone with Mind Matters at their upcoming events

July 31st: How to Not Give a Sh*t: A Workshop

August 1st: Mindful AF

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