The Heart of Mindfulness
Awareness ... presence in the here and now ... concentration ... relaxation ...
relief from chronic pain.
Most people who get in touch with Mindfulness
realize immediately that they can achieve all these results
and more without much practice.
Maybe these initial effects are so various and so evident that a lot of practitioners stop there.
Or perhaps Mindfulness is a victim of our western approach that is conditioned by the left side of the brain
which is always looking for proof and repeatable results.
In fact, despite its widespread applications by doctors and therapists,
most people neglect to understand the real worth of Buddhist teachings
and use the practice in a very restricted way.
But many years ago, the Buddha taught how to reach the heart of Mindfulness,
a place where our minds and hearts are profoundly transformed and we discover ourselves
through simplicity, sensitivity, compassion and a sense of interconnection with all sentient beings.
When we reach this state of being, we can access our intuitive intelligence, our discriminative wisdom,
the ability to go beyond the appearances and see reality as it truly is,
not filtered by our beliefs, preconceptions, thoughts and emotions.
When we are in touch with this intimate dimension, we can also familiarize ourselves with our shadow emotions,
those that we usually do not want to see and which we want to escape from.
This is a tendency that often comes up even when we are very committed to following a specific spiritual path.
By being able to stay with our deep fears, whatever they are, with our vulnerability and fragility
accepting what we really are, we allow ourselves to penetrate the dimension of Sati,
a quality of mind that can reflect all phenomena without being affected by them.
This is real freedom, not the right to do whatever we want, but the freedom from the boundaries of the world out there
and from our inner tendencies such as relying on the approval of a spiritual teacher or mastering a particular practice.
We often attach ourselves to such ambition in the hope of future happiness, rather than remaining fully present.
Mindfulness teaches us that we are already the light that we are looking for,
and that we should consider every teaching as if it were a raft to abandon
as soon as we reach the other side of the river and walk lightly in the heart of freedom.
With genuine dedication and pure heart, we offer mindfulness counselling one-to-one or in groups,
practise Vipassana meditation and the Buddhist Dharma, teach Sati Yoga and lead transpersonal growth workshops, using Mindfulness practice.
“Open-hearted, kind, loving, humble, honest, courageous, passionate, unpretentious and authentic.
Our life is inspired by the Buddhist Mindfulness.
We try not to hurt any sentient being and to reduce sufferance inside and around us.
We want to live freely and to express ourselves fully,
although sometimes this means struggling to walk alone along the path of the meditative practice
and the transpersonal growth.”
Dario and Rossana have been leading workshops on Mindfulness for many years.
They have developed an amazing and powerful body work approach to assist others
in boosting their personal resources, facilitate a deep inner transformation
and access a profound sense of well-being and self-satisfaction.
Dario De Gaetanis: Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Mindfulness Counsellor,
practitioner of Buddhist Dharma and Vipassana Meditation,
passionate about psychology since he was a teenager.
Rossana Sotgiu: Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Mindfulness Counsellor,
practitioner of Buddhist Dharma and Vipassana Meditation,
passionate about Yoga therapy and healthy vegan nutrition.
Dario and Rossana are Assocounselling accredited counsellors.
Dario is also National Counselling Society accredited member (MNCS Acc)
Sati Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness Counselling: One-To-One or Group workshops
Sati Yoga is a match among the Yoga of origins, Mindfulness and Buddhist teachings.
Practicing Sati Yoga positively affects both your body and mind:
You can release all physical tension;
Your body becomes strong but at the same time flexible and smooth;
You can strengthen all your muscles and joints;
You can reduce your level of stress;
You will boost your energy;
You can reach a very deep level of relaxation;
Your mind can become clearer, more stable, still and more capable of concentrating and focusing;
You can have more control over your thoughts;
You can have more control over the way you behave and interact with others;
You will be in tune with yourself and the natural energy of existence.
Last but not least, practising Sati Yoga means learning how to train your mind by yourself to let all your best qualities emerge in you such as creativity, intuitiveness, courage, compassion and kindness.
It will benefit your life and all the people around you!
“… The quality of awareness is the capacity of our heart, our mind to be awake … when there is clear and total awareness of how things are, then there are the qualities of harmony, integration, security and stability. There is purity, radiance and peacefulness.
… Once this awareness is present and stable, then whether there is happiness or unhappiness, pleasure or pain, praise or criticism, that awareness remains unconfused. This is the essence of vipassanā (insight) meditation.
… The stability of awareness is that wonderful, clear openness within which the heart can receive all experiences without trouble, without difficulty”
The Mindfulness Counselling approach has its roots in psychology, mainly in the humanistic-existential, psychodynamic and transpersonal models, and in the Buddhist Dharma.
Regarding psychology, methodology and techniques are taken from different approaches such as Gestalt, psychosynthesis and Rogers person-centered approach.
As far as Buddhism is concerned, Mindfulness Counselling is based on the most important teachings of Buddha about how to train and purify the mind.
Mindfulness Counseling is characterised by a process focused on empathic listening and complete self-acceptance in order to promote the development of a grown-up and authentic relationship towards yourself and others.