Mindfulness is widely credited as a practice that reduces stress and relaxes—but what does it offer to the other aspects of your life, like your closest friendships? A refreshing practice in Upstream’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class can answer that.
Outside of class, Dr. Hilda White, co-founder of Upstream and longtime mental health expert, encourages experimenting with a fun mindfulness practice that helps you to better appreciate and get to know your friends. When hanging out with a friend, she says, pretend you are meeting them for the first time.
In each of Upstream’s 8-week MBSR classes, students complete an in-class practice called Loving Kindness. This exercise encourages students to wish a stranger, someone they know, a loved one and themselves good wishes for happiness, health and more.
"Open up to this moment with them and notice how they smile; the sound of their voice; how they engage you in conversation. Look at them ‘for the first time’,” says Hilda. “See what surprises are in store for you!” Learn more about mindful meditation practices and sign up for Upstream’s next MBSR class. Wishing you all loving kindness!