Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed and find it hard to relax? Do you experience having a hard time slowing down and being present for relationships and things that really matter to you?
In this four week introduction to mindfulness course, we will explore what mindfulness meditation is (and is not), the benefits of mindfulness, and how we can integrate it into our lives to access more presence and spaciousness, especially around difficult thoughts and feelings.
Each class in this series will be devoted to exploring our relationship to one of several areas including breath and body, feeling/emotions, and thoughts. In addition, one class will be dedicated to the practice of developing compassion, both in relationship to ourselves and others. Although the sources of these mindfulness practices come from Buddhist tradition originating 2500 years ago, this course will pull on more contemporary understandings of mindfulness, including Jewish perspectives.
The 75 minute sessions will consist of an explanation and talk, meditation instruction, and a period of questions and answers. This class is only open to those who register for the full 4-class series, as each class will build upon the previous session. Although this class is designed for beginners, practitioners of all levels are welcome.