Stress is an element that forms part of our lives.
Even if we don’t want to admit it, this is an statement that is true for every single one of us.
We live in a fast paced world where we have little time for ourselves, to reduce our speed, to listen to ourselves, to listen to our inner voice.
We, gay and bisexual men, are especially prone to lead stressful lives with additional issues that many of us carry in our backpacks: these can be high demanding jobs, present or past coming out issues, homophobia, a past history of bullying, the need to keep fit and beautiful, trying to find our place in a predominantly straight world or, why not, trying to find our place among other gay men.
For our own sake, we should slow down and release some of this unnecessary burden.
In MindfulGay we want to share with you ways to reduce our pace, to be able to respond more skillfully, to learn how to live in the present, moment by moment, to lead a happier stress-free life.
MindfulGay is a platform for gay and bisexual men. A place where we can learn. A place where we can call home, a place where we can be ourselves and be safe and secure.
Our workshops and courses are based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program initially created by Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachussets 35 years ago.
Numerous articles and scientific studies show the benefits of Mindfulness and MBSR techniques to reduce stress and improve the quality of life.
Why should there be a Mindfulness workshop or course just for gay men? When we, men who like men, gather together, we share a common energy that empowers us as members of a group or tribe: our group, our tribe.
Our aim is to promote Mindfulness Meditation and MBSR techniques, offering 3 and 5 days workshops, in different locations throughout the world. The different events and locations will be announced on the MindfulGay website.
At the present moment the full 8 week MBSR Course will only be offered in Spain, in the cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.
As we live in a global society, the workshops and courses can be given in English, Spanish, French or German.
One to one sessions are also offered, allowing for greater flexibility and a more personalized attention.
Through our blog we want to create an space where gay and bisexual men can find information about Mindfulness, mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and other methods to reduce stress. We also want to be a place where gay men can learn and share ideas about gay spirituality.
We invite you to stay tuned, to participate.
Helps us build a mindful and spiritual community!