All are welcome. Chairs and cushions are provided.
How This Class Works:
Come learn something about yourself every Tuesday night. This class is designed to help people understand more about the biology and psychology that makes us tick.
Although mindfulness is an ancient tradition, modern medicine is proving its timeless ability to heal. When the research on mindfulness and the practice of meditation is combined it can create motivation and understanding that are paramount for a strong practice. Each class consists of:
- A centering meditation: Used to settle into the room and leave our days behind us to be more present.
- Short talk on the science and practice of mindfulness meditation: To strengthen knowledge and formal practice
- Varying types of guided meditation practices: So we can build a toolbox of mindfulness techniques
- Share about our experience as a group: Helps us in building a sangha (caring community)
- Closing meditation without guidance: Strengthens ability to self-guide while having the support of a group
I was introduced to mindfulness and meditation at a very young age. My Buddhist uncle always used to tell me “attention is everything” as we would discuss how wonderful life is. I remember taking walks with him at our family’s beach house,
having him guide me through placing my attention on different aspects of the sand, the cool air, my breath. I still cherish those memories. He passed away very gracefully from cancer and since then I have dedicated my practice to him. I even
wear his pants to meditate in sometimes. Now, I try to pass on the practice to others, just like he did for me.
I am the meditation teacher at the James M. Stockman Cancer Institute’s Integrative Medicine Clinic. Unlike a lot of the practitioners in the clinic I do my work donation based. Working with my clients at the cancer center brings me a truly deep sense of compassion and gratitude.
I also teach a weekly drop in, here at the Frederick Meditation Center, and a daily meditation during the week at Yogamour Healing Arts Center. I began teaching meditation while I was in college earning my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. To learn about the most recent research and the most effective practices I took a class on the science of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) I studied and practiced this program for a semester. I try to integrate my knowledge of psychology into my talks in class to deepen my students understanding, and most of the practices you will hear me guiding in class are based on my work in MBSR.