Training in the moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, relationships and environment
CULTIVATING HAPPINESS THROUGH MINDFULNESS PRACTICE AND PLAY
Instructor: Landon Hall, MA in English and Trained Teacher, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion.
Are you wondering how your mindfulness practice could be more like play? Are you looking for a support structure to make your practice richer and more steady? Come enjoy the mindfulness journey with others as we meditate together and reflect on our experiences. In this class, we’ll draw upon the work of Dan Harris, author of the national best-seller and accompanying app, 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. This material includes teaching videos and interviews with some of the best contemporary meditation teachers working today, such as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Oren J. Sofer, and more. Each class will include watching a short video, followed by a 20 – 30 minute meditation. Group discussion and exploration of the teachings will follow. The emphasis will be on deepening our ability to live mindfully in all aspects of our lives, toward the goal of experiencing greater happiness in our relationships with ourselves, our work, our families, partners, and friends. All levels -- from beginner to long-time practitioner -- are welcome.
Landon began practicing Transcendental Meditation many decades ago as a college student. Over the years she has practiced most deeply in the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition. Currently, she is studying with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in their Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program. In addition, she taught literature for many years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Colby-Sawyer College.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
We all experience stress – it’s a natural, unavoidable part of life. We can’t escape uncertainty, change, and our inability to control things. What we can do is develop more skillful ways of working and playing with the challenges life brings us. MSBR was developed at UMass Medical Center and is now taught world wide, helping individuals mobilize their inner resources of healing. Thousands of research studies have been done on this highly experiential program of training in well-being. Results suggest that practicing MBSR can significantly affect one’s ability to cope with and at times reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully. Benefits often include:
Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with lasting pain and illness
Greater well-being, energy, and enthusiasm for life
Greater levels of self-acceptance and feeling of connection with self and others.
Stronger resilience in relationship to short- and long-term stressful situations.
This class includes: mindfulness meditation, gentle movement (yoga), group exercises and a 6-hour retreat. Making time for weekly home practice is an essential component of the class. Guided audio files and reading materials are included. No experience needed. All are welcome.