Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?
Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.
- Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
- Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
- Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and overall awareness.
- Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
- Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.
This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 continuing on April 11, 18 and 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, FL. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Natilson, Mindfulness Institute Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Schroeder is long time dharma practitioner, artist, and teacher. She recently retired from coordinating the Naples Healthcare Systems Arts in Healing program, having worked for twelve years developing and implementing activities using art to help people relieve the difficulties of being ill. She now teaches “Creating Art in Mindfulness” and is the author of Arts in Healing: An arts and crafts manual for volunteers helping people with a health crisis, which is pending publication.
Maria Winkler, MSc, has been studying and practicing mindfulness for over 20 years. Maria applies in her teachings a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on wellness through mental training, mindful physical movement such as yoga, and nutrition. Maria owns a yoga/wellness studio in the Boston area. She is actively engaged in supporting and building a center for integrative health care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. Maria is a retired educator who has studied and traveled throughout the world.