SUISUN CITY — The task Saturday at Suisun Marsh was simple: Breathe.
During a morning meditation session, Dr. Peaslee DuMont calmly coaxed a quiet group to return their focus to life’s constant but forgotten act.
“(I want to) invite you back to meditative breaths,” he said.
DuMont was leading the first of two Mindfulness in the Marsh workshops at Rush Ranch.
“(We are) allowing ourselves to take the beautiful outer quiet here, to use it to experience an inner quiet,” said DuMont during his opening remarks.
The 70-year-old, who retired from family practice in 2011, offers holistic counseling at his Vacaville-based ReVision Health. He said stress reduction workshops are a natural extension of something he’s been practicing.
“I think that we become preoccupied easily,” said DuMont before the workshop. “We have a constant inner commentator in our head.”
This commentator, like a sportscaster, will keep running around, he said.
“When you invite silence, you direct attention into the here and now,” he said.
With birds chirping and planes overhead, the 14-member group listened to DuMont as they practiced “letting go” – releasing all sounds, thoughts and judgments.
While the group slowly awoke to their surroundings, a freight train passed in the distance.
“I feel very relaxed – very, very peaceful here and relaxed,” said Dallas Saloman.
The Rio Vista woman had recently read books on mindfulness and was interested in learning more at Saturday’s workshop.
“It’s just bringing yourself into the present moment,” she said.
The free workshop, which also includes slow walks and light stretching, continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, about 2 miles south of Highway 12 in Suisun City. Staff recommends closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and a notepad.
For more information, call 432-0150, ext. 200.
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