Monthly Monday Millennial Meditation
Next Meeting: April 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Flexible age range: 20’s-30’s
Materials for class: Yourself
Cost: $10 – $20 Donation Suggested
No experience necessary! Join your fellow millennials for a lovely night of discussion and meditation geared toward your own generation. Bring your friends and come sip on some tea to discuss some of our shared millennial dilemmas with Anthony Dominic Chielli.
This monthly meditation will be designed around the unique problems, skills, and views of the millennial generation to help us recognize and utilize our strengths as well as overcome some of our unique difficulties, with tailored meditations to take home and practice.
Meditation is an ancient eastern practice that was designed to help develop a “fourth way” of thinking. The beauty of meditation is that we do not need to go deep into its history to understand it or benefit from it. I like to keep things simple and modern, although I recognize that those two things don’t always go together. This practice can be prescribed as the opposite of the way our fast-paced technology driven culture operates. Just as experiencing cold can make a hot shower much more enjoyable, the ability to calm your mind once a day helps us deal with the constant stresses of our fast-paced lives.
Most of my practices are based out of the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program, which was designed by John Kabat-Zin in the 1970s. The components of that program were revolutionary in extracting the beneficial aspects of meditation from the ancient practices, so it is a very simple straightforward way of looking at a sometimes extremely complex idea.
I have a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology and I try my best to share what I have learned in school to help my students understand the source of meditation’s benefits. The brain is everything to us humans and what many of us don’t recognize is that our behaviors constantly change the way our brain works. It is like training a family pet—if you don’t give it enough time and attention it runs around chewing on everything, but if you teach it discipline and self-control, you end up with a calm well-behaved little companion. I try to share some of the basic science behind how and why this works with my students so they learn as well as practice.