Sundays: October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, (5:45-7:45pm)
includes an “Afternoon of Mindfulness” retreat on Sunday, November 16 from 1:30-5:30pm
Experience More Balance and Ease in Your Life
This introductory series offers practical, easy to use tools for integrating mindfulness practices and meditation into everyday living. As these practices become more second nature, you’ll find yourself meeting stressful moments with less reactivity and more mental clarity, releasing you from the grip of self-defeating emotions and behaviors.
In each class and in your daily practice you’ll be learning to
1. Observe thoughts before taking action
2. Respond effectively to emotional triggers
3. Heighten your awareness of how the body responds to stress
Each 2 hour class offers practical information, guidance, and first hand experience in practicing each of the methods presented. Activities and discussion are tailored to meet the needs of class participants.
Ideal for people with limited time schedules or as an introduction to the traditional 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. No matter how busy you are, you’ll find effective ways to minimize your stress while maximizing the health restoring moments in your life.
What students from previous sessions have said about studying mindfulness with Denise:
“This was a great class. I have noticed my ability to slow down before reacting, especially with my students.”
“I noticed a significant change in how I view my own stress/stressors. I now automatically use the mindful breathing technique when I am feeling stress.”
“I really appreciate how down to earth you are and the non-judgemental environment you create. You helped me understand that ¬anyone can meditate and incorporate mindfulness into their life.”
“I’m able to pause before reacting and am better able to make choices in how I want to react. I have more patience and higher tolerance of distressing situations.”
“This class transformed my life! Thank you!”
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness practices help us tune into the moment in order to experience a profound sense of ease and well-being. When we become aware of our experience in the moment, we begin to see how feelings of stress have less to do with the triggering event or situation and much more about how we respond to the stressors in everyday life. With practice, automatic reactivity transforms into more mindful responsiveness. Even practicing for just a few moments a day can create a fundamental shift in our response to stress. We find it easier and more natural to respond in ways that are more closely aligned to our hearts, rather than expressing ourselves in ways that are hurtful to us and those we care for.
In the Introduction to Mindfulness sessions you’ll be introduced to some of the key components presented in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by author/researcher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Over 30 years of research demonstrate MBSR’s effectiveness for reducing the physical and emotional impact of stress. See www.umass.edu/cfm for more on MBSR.
Take home skills include….
• A way of affecting and nurturing deep stillness that is profoundly relaxing and healing.
• An ability to be more responsive and less reactive when facing challenging people and situations.
• A capacity to enrich relationships with others as you become accustomed to speaking from your direct experience.
• A method for directing the mind’s attention, helping to increase concentration and focus.
• A capacity to enhance creativity through the deliberate cultivation of a spacious, non-striving awareness. Learning to step back from distracting habits of the busy mind — all the planning, fixing, worrying, etc. – and allow room for more wonder, openness, and compassion to emerge.
About Denise: Denise completed her MBSR Professional Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has also trained with fellow researchers who developed Mindfulness-Based programs for treating depression and addictions. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a private therapy practice helping people reduce the negative influences of stress, depression, anxiety, and addictions in their lives. Learn more about her and the services she offers at her website www.mindfulplace.com.