Mindfulness is about being more awake to our lives. It is about training our attention; it is about becoming wiser by letting go of habitual ways of thinking and old stories that we tell ourselves as we make our way through the world and interact with others. It is about paying attention to our moment-by-moment experiences as they are happening, without judgment. Mindfulness is about becoming more attentive, more aware, and more alive.
Mindfulness meditation practice enables you to uncover and understand the processes of your inner life, with new attention to how thoughts, sensations, and emotions unfold and influence each moment and each action.
Experienced practitioners often say, "Mindfulness is simple but not easy." During mindfulness practice, at some point everyone struggles with discomfort. Mindfulness meditation practice can lead to a different, less adverse relationship with those very natural, human tendencies, one that both acknowledges difficulties and encourages moving through them. As you practice mindfulness meditation, you will become more at ease with all of your internal life.
The practice group is intended for beginners as well as experienced mindfulness practitioners. Each week a primary concept will be introduced through discussion, followed by a mindfulness practice. The practice will include various techniques (breathing, visualization, sitting, standing, walking, reclining, gentle motion, and deep relaxation) in order to provide an opportunity for participants to experience multiple paths to mindfulness.
Watch Anderson Cooper reporting on the science of Mindfulness on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 (CBS).
How to Start
Find the day and time of the next drop-in group on the Group Schedule page. Then call our intake line at extension 713 to let us know you would like to attend. The fee is $15 per group. Wear comfortable clothing!
"The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing."