2014 has been called The Year of Mindfulness. Science is touting its benefits and, if you’re serious about wellness, you’ve probably been meaning to begin or continue with a meditation practice. A simple approach for bringing awareness to our experiences, meditation has been used for thousands of years. Some say we all possess the ability to meditate and just need to cultivate it through proven practices and commitment.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
- Reduces stress and the resulting effects on our body, mind, and spirit
- Enhances performance
- Improves focus
- Develops greater clarity
- Generates insight and self-awareness
- Increases our compassion and attention to the well-being of others
- Allows us to become aware of unhealthy habits and patterns and to choose more helpful ones
Over the course of several weeks and under the guidance of a highly experienced instructor, you’ll learn to cultivate mindfulness through a series of meditation techniques that can be used to begin or deepen your personal practice. You’ll participate in both guided and silent meditations in class and will use the practices at home between classes. You’ll have the opportunity to have your questions addressed and to share insights with others.
Through participation, you can expect to:
- Develop a deeper understanding of mindfulness
- Explore and experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation
- Learn practices to cultivate mindfulness
- Begin or deepen your personal practice
- Learn skills to bring mindfulness into daily life
Use these six weeks to learn new techniques, establish the discipline you need to benefit from a practice, and join like-minded people committed to being a healing presence for others.
Required Course Materials:
- Book, Wherever you Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Available in MUIH’s Meeting Point Bookstore and other book sellers.
- All other materials will be supplied.
Instructor Hugh Byrne, Ph.D., is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and teaches for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program. He has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts, and Somatic Experiencing, a mind/body approach to healing trauma.