LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It is a dizzying pace most of us keep, or try to keep.
Life in the fast lane.
“Do you ever think back, and you can’t remember how you got from one point to another? She wants to live in the present,” Lisa Blair said.
We’re all moving so quickly it's often a blur.
Sandy Feldhaus says she often feels like a grasshopper jumping around, and thinks meditation will have her focus.
And then that constant barrage of information -- we're so connected to the external world, perhaps we've lost another crucial connection.
Father Joe Mitchell says perhaps we have lost that connection to ourselves, not in a selfish way, but a way to bring happiness.
Father Mitchell is a Passionist Priest – teaching the basics of mindfulness meditation at the Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville.
Meditation is now mainstream with more folks learning happiness is a skill and that a wandering mind with all that constant chatter, is an unhappy mind.
One way to start: find a quiet place, sit up straight and get ready to focus – maybe on your breathing or perhaps on a sound.
Focusing on that one sound and saying no to any other thoughts.
Start with a few minutes a day to help shut down stress and anxiety. Meditation was practically prescribed for Michael Poole who recently had a heart transplant.
Meditation was a last ditch effort for Lisa Bair, who has spent many sleepless nights worrying about finding a new job. She says it was talk to a doctor to prescribe something for sleep or try a different avenue like meditation.
Father Mitchell says he often hears medication or meditation.
Many choose meditation because there's now proof it boosts your immune system, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.
And practices like this are not just helping adults but children too.
Go inside Chris Wedding's class at Slaughter Elementary and you'll learn about stress. A guitar is used to demonstrate it by tightening the strings.
A little stress okay is but too much not healthy.
Students learn ways to cope through breathing, exercise, even food choices.
One 5th grader says she eats fruit now instead of junk food.
“When I feel overwhelmed by homework, I do breathing exercises to help me focus,” another student said.
Slaughter is one of three schools in JCPS testing the Compassionate Schools Project, an initiative that started with the University of Virginia.
Lessons on mindfulness and compassion to help them now and later.
Teacher Chris Wedding says his big picture goal is to make the world a better place, and help children self-regulate.
A lesson we're all learning but many approaching it with a more open mind, learning happiness is an inside job.
Choosing an inside connection, instead of this one.