CULTIVATING HAPPINESS THROUGH MINDFULNESS PRACTICE AND PLAY
Instructor: Landon Hall, MA in English and Trained Teacher, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion.
Time: October 30- November 20, Mondays 5:30-7:15
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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 Cognitive Tools (MBCTools) is a practice and study group that strengthens mindfulness-based cognitive tools for living. It is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at UMass Medical Center. The program is designed specifically for people living with chronic emotional distress, and has been scientifically proven to help people suffering from anxiety and depression. This group is not recommended for anyone in the midst of a period of acute depression or anxiety, and for those suffering from chronic (not acute) emotional distress, it is recommended that they be under the care of a licensed counselor or therapist while taking the class.
QIQONG & MEDITATION
Instructor: Landon Hall
QiGong involves aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. The practice includes gentle stretching, flowing movements, and standing postures that are quietly harmonized by rhythmical breathing and a calm, unhurried, focused mind. The movements invigorate the energy in the body and support health and vitality. The Center for Disease Control has named QiGong as a primary self-care practice that supports aging with grace. Class includes QiGong practice and meditation.
Open to all.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
This program grew out of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s stress reduction program at UMass Medical Center, and gives us the tools to mobilize our own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing. 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 is a highly experiential program of training in well-being. This class includes: mindfulness meditation, movement (Qigong), group exercises, and discussion. More than three decades of scientific research indicates that practicing MBSR can profoundly affect one’s ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully. Benefits 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 other.
- Stronger resilience in relationship to short- and long-term stressful situations.
Making time for weekly home practice is an important component of the class. Guided audio files and reading materials are included. No experience needed. All welcome.
Enrollment will be capped at 12.