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Hi, I’m Lee Hayden,  website owner, manager, and author .  Welcome to the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence.  The Hayden Center  offers students a variety of educational programs of study, each  program leading to an opportunity to  experience a unique  form of  lifestyle  enrichment.  Click here to review the available programs of study, courses, durations, and costs.  Contact Lee Hayden at 707-945-1294 if you have questions.

The present purpose is to discuss the subject  “Mindfulness”.  This is a free brief course.  It  summarizes the associated fee based short course which is conducted  face-to-face in person or online.  To enroll in the short course, phone Lee at 702-945-1294.

 I’m Lee Hayden and I commit  to making this a course of high quality and exceptionally beneficial to you.

Mindfulness is a state of being in which a person feels more self-aware and self-accepting, more present in the moment, more fully focused on the task at hand,  more clear-headed, better able to learn and think critically, and better at many physical activities.  Although not about becoming a better person, it does provide many valueable ideas for that purpose. The basic concept is simple.  A person learns to direct and focus their attention on a single subject, word, or mantra.  This simple focus  provides the training necessary to assist the student in learning to  remove noise, distractions, and  other forms of  clutter from their mind.   

Neurological research has demonstrated the benefits of the practice of mindfulness and we are pleased to include a short course on mindfulness in the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence.

Mindfulness training is essential for any person enrolled in the personal true-self and the community true-self programs. Enrollment in the other SHAL website educational programs is optional but  hightly desirable. Mindfulness training is most widely known because of its ability to  reduce strees, but it is also known to elevate creative thinking by helping to  produce an uncluttered mind. Increasingly, research is confirming that  mindfulness traing improves quality of sleep and helps avoid illness.

As shown by the above icon, Time Magazine devoted a special edition to “Mindfulness”.  It labeled mindfulness  as the new science of health and happiness. The various essays  make the follwing points:

  1.   Being mindful isn’t aways easy, but if we get even a little better at it, we benefit in crucial ways.  If you have have difficulty believing that mindfulness actually works, be a person who is open to all possibilities for leading an enrichied life and who is not afraid to take calculated risks.  Some people don’t experience life at their full potential because they  lead lives based on conformance to only  a familiar environment. Others experience life at their full potential because they lead lives based on learning from an unfamiliar environment and then changing themselves and their environment.

  1.  Contrary to popular public opinion that we use only a very small part of our mind’s thinking capacity, the resources needed for creative and imaginative thinking are quite limited,

  1. Stress, remunerations, to-do lists, and other mental loads clutter our minds and  greatly  tax our ability to fully immerse ourselves in our   imaginative as well as creative states of being.

  1.  Certain mental loads are necessary ingrediants of  living and must be accepted.  However, we should be aware of their existence and negative influence.

  1. The practice of mindfulness progressively develops our skill in reducing clutterness of the mind,  centering  ourselves,  and fully experiencing the moment.


  1.  The benefits of mindfulness are proportional to the skill level acquired through practice.

  1. Make a commitment to practice at least five to 10 minutes per day.  Consistency in practice of mindfulness is essential and such practice is a lifelong project.

  1. Remember you are living your own life - not the life of your boss or anyone else. Truly respect yourself and maximize your enjoyment of your life.

Monotasking beats multitasking.  Recent detailed and scientific  studies of multitasking show full agreement with the concept of mindfulness.  Contrary to popular opinion and also contrary to student wishful thinking, numerous studies have shown that multitasking  is not an effective technique for accomplishing any task, including a learning task. In fact, multitasking leads to a cluttered mind.   The brain funtions best during single tasking.  For example, a student should not listen to music while performing a learning task. Also, a automobile driver should not talk on  a mobile phone while driving,  In an increasing number of states, talking on a mobile phone is illegal.

Most of us have had the experience of wanting to fully focus on a particular problem or situation of critical importance to us. But, at a time we most needed to fully focus, we discovered our mind full of cluttered thoughts about unrelated subjects. For example, the boss has just assigned a problem needing a quick solution.  Unfortunately, your mind wanders to the fact that you failed to provide your child with school lunch money.  Inaddition, you can not forget the argument with your spouse. Consequently, you have a cluttered mind and can not fully focus on the boss’s problem. To solve the boss’s problem you need to be in the moment or centered.

Definition:  Mindfulness is a state of the mind charcterized by active and  open attention to the present moment such that the present moment is fully experienced.

When in this state of mindfulness, a person  observes, but does not  judge, their own thoughts and feelings.  Past thoughts and feelings or concerns about the future  do not interfere with thoughts and feelings experienced in the present moment. Consequently, this person  fully experiences the present moment without interference.  For the period of time that the  present moment without interference is experienced, then that person is fully experiencing their  life. That person is said to be  in control of their life and destiny.

Technically speaking, the opposite state of the mind is called mindlessness. However, in this essay, we shall use the term “cluttered mind.” Thus, we say that a person can not concentrate or listen effectively because that person has a cluttered mind.   The clutter consists of past thoughts and feelings and future  concerns that intefere with being in the moment as discussed previously.

Unfortunately, a person with low self-esteem generally has some degree of a cluttered mind.

Mindfulness can be learned by practice by most people.

Mindfulness is an important topic for anyone searching for personal happiness, but it is especially important for individuals endeavoring to::

All these endeavors require  an uncompromising attitude toward the truth.

The truth of a situation is buried in the complexity of that situation.

By practicing mindfulness, we learn  to be fully attentive to the present moment so that troublesome  thougts of the past or concerns about our furture don’t intefere with our thoughts in the present moment.Thoughts not dealing with the present moment’s task can bring us considerable misery,  unhappiness, loss of personal freedom.   Mindfulness does not require any religious belief.  Although it has roots in Buddaism, it is non-sectarian. Large population-based research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with well-being and perceived health.

A person is free in the present moment only  to the extent their mind is fully focused on the task at hand.

This completes the brief course.  The associated short course in Mindfulness is a practical guide  helping  you to actually learnand become skilled in practicing mindfulness.

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