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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." | Albert Einstein

I currently offer INHALE EXHALE SMILE® for Children and Adults via ZOOM, FACETIME, or WALKSHOP. And for our locals... I am hoping we can resume outside meetings at my San Francisco Bay Area office and Walkshops in May or June 2021... with Adi! She misses ya'll! Please stay tuned.

INHALE EXHALE SMILE® created by AnJenette Afridi, MA is a joyful and purposeful program of Mindfulness, Music, Art, Play, Movement, Nature, and Adi.

AnJenette Afridi, MA has worked with corporations, hospitals, health centers, schools, and private clientele including children and adults. AJ's warmth, credibility, and energetic sense of humor create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?

Mindfulness and meditation have been hot topics lately and these two words have been used interchangeably. This is AnJenette's working definitions and differences of Mindfulness and Meditation:

Mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing,” while meditation is the awareness of “no-thing.”

Mindfulness is an informal practice of moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment and is also a state of mind.  Mindfulness can be applied to the moments of our daily life to be fully engaged in that moment.

Meditation is a mind-body practice in which we focus our attention on something, such as an object, word, phrase, music, movement or breathing, in order to minimize distracting or stressful thoughts or feelings. Meditation is practiced for a specific amount of time.

We blend mindfulness with music, art, play, movement, nature, and Adi. We discover peaceful moments (flow) along the way as we lean into our breath... and smile. 

What benefits does the research support for mindfulness?

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ON MINDFULNESS

"We (American Psychological Association - APA) define mindfulness as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them."

"More specifically, research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory and focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, enhance self-insight, morality, Intuition and fear modulation, all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area, increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being, increase information processing speed, as well as decrease task effort and having thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand." (Please see our LATEST RESEARCH.)

What is positive psychology?

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive and acknowledge their full spectrum of emotions. The field is founded on the belief that human beings desire to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. 

Major proponents of positive psychology include psychologists Martin Seligman (who promoted the concept as president of the American Psychological Association in 1998), Christopher Peterson, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. One of Seligman’s forerunners, Abraham Maslow, called attention to humanistic psychology, which focused on human strengths and potential rather than neuroses and pathologies.

Positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal” (Peterson, 2008).

"The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life." | Martin Seligman