The Heartland Wellbeing Institute was created from the desire and intention to offer experiences and opportunities that support wellbeing. To make the time to remember who we are, why we are here and what we want to do about it. To offer practical and simple strategies to engage in what is important to you, what brings you joy and how to incorporate these activities into your daily life.
Is it a walk in nature, listening to the wind swirl through leaves of a tree or learning something new? Do you enjoy writing, reading, yoga, meditation - and want a community to have creative conversations and experiences?
What is mindfulness at its foundation? Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the leading experts and Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Kabat-Zinn's working definition is: "Paying attention on purpose in the present moment as if your life depends on it, non-judgementally."
That is quite a definition and it comes down to intention and awareness in the here and now. Making choices and actions based on informed and reflective decisions.
Go to the Resources and Websites to see Jon Kabat-Zinn explain this strategy on a video.
We are in full blown winter here in Iowa. The snow is sticking around and the temps have been chilly. And, yet when I look out my window – I see green. There are two ginormous (yes, that is really a word!) white pine trees in the yard next door. They are tall, strong, and always green – which I love. Especially in the midst of a snowy winter day – the green is a reminder, and a promise, that all is well. The cycle of life, and our seasons, is right on schedule here in the Midwest.
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Nature-based Wellbeing Opportunities:
For the last several years, we have been offering opportunities such as
Meandering with Nature, and
Seasons of Wellbeing on the Prairie.
For 2020 - we are in the process of developing some new workshops. Check back and we will have details!
Go to the Nature-based Wellbeing Opportunities for more details .