At Pathways to Mindfulness, our objective is to assist those who are interested in cultivating the practice of mindfulness as a way of freeing their minds from the patterns of negativity that create stress in life.

Pathways to Mindfulness offers you resources to increase happiness and productivity in your life by calming the mind and balancing the body.



Weekly Insight Meditation Group 

Sundays, 6:15 - 7:15 PM.  
Trailhead Healing Art Center, 801 South Grand Ave W, Springfield, IL 62704

The purpose of this group is to explore how the teachings of the Buddha about reducing suffering and increasing happiness are relevant for today. It is NOT the intention that anyone become “Buddhist.” We will take a secular, non-dogmatic approach to our study of the body of teachings known as the Dharma.  

Those outside the area can join online using this address: https://zoom.us/j/844991511
Follow the directions to download the ZOOM software.


Morning of Mindfulness

9:00 AM - 12 Noon, Monthly on a Friday
St. Louis, MO
Location varies - please contact us to find out where we will be meeting

A silent "mini-retreat" including mindfulness practices of sitting and walking mediation, movement, eating with awareness and reflection on incorporating mindfulness into daily life.

2017 Dates (Subject to change)
March 3
April 7
May 5


Retreats and Classes at HSHS St. John's Hospital, Mind-Body Health Services

For more information about events offered through HSHS St. John's Hospital Mind-Body Health Services and to register visit: http://www.st-johns.org/mindbody

Healthy Steps: Moving You To Better Health

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
March 14 - April 25
May 2 - June 13

June 20 - June 8
Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John's Hospital
800 E. Carpenter Street, Springfield, IL

  • Therapeutic movement done to great music.
  • Improves overall wellness, range-of-motion, balance, strength and endurance, as well as emotional well-being and self-image.  
  • Has been proven to help enhance the well-being of those with cancer and other chronic illnesses or medical conditions.

For general information about the Healthy Steps program visit http://gohealthysteps.com/


Time Out for Grownups Mini-Retreat: 
Saying "Yes" to LIfe

Saturday, February 11
9 AM - 12 PM
Dove Conference Center in the Prairie Heart Institute Building, 619 E. Mason, Springfield, IL.

What is Mindful Eating?

Wednesday, March 8
6 - 7:30 PM
HSHS St. John's Hospital Chapel Annex
800 E. Carpenter Street, Springfield, IL

















The whole of the spiritual path may be summed up in the term non-clinging, because through non-clinging love comes, through non-clinging the door to the Unconditioned opens, our heart and our will purified and prepared to receive the Will of God.
The Buddha taught liberation through non-clinging: not holding to anything as me or mine, not grabbing something or pushing something else away.
Most of our human problems and all our difficulties in the spiritual path result from clinging, from attachment.
We take anger as me, as my anger, rather than simply a feeling that will pass, that I can let go of.
We take the desire for more as my desire, to be acted upon, rather than as simply a thought or feeling that will pass.
We take all our thoughts and feeling reactions far too seriously, as if we were just thoughts and reactions.                         

Joseph Naft