Mindful Relations: An Open Meditation Group to Reduce Stress and Build Community
Mindfulness is a way to transform problem stories, to create new possibilities, and connect to your own preferences about what really matters right now. In this open drop-in group you learn contemplative practices that increase awareness of body, breath, movement, and thought. Mindful Relations is based on an innovative curriculum that combines evidence-based mindfulness practices and a narrative group process. It opens up new possibilities that go beyond habitual responses to stress, pain, and illness. Instructions are given from a social constructionist perspective that emphasizes the influence of social and cultural factors in the development and reduction of stress.
Who can benefit?
Mindfulness changes how we relate to stress, pain, or negative mood, and commonly increases compassion for self and others. It can help you to develop resilience and wellbeing, and reduce stress symptoms such as headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, or sleep disturbances. Moreover, mindfulness has been proven to increase the quality of life for people suffering from major medical conditions such as depression, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, diabetes, respiratory disease, and chronic pain.
This is an ongoing group that will take place on a weekly basis. We will incorporate indroductions to Biofeedback, a method to track the positive effects of mindfulness on your body. The entire group is designed for people with no or little prior meditation experience. It offers simple sitting meditations, gentle movement-based contemplative practices, and other mindfulness exercises that can be incorporated into everyday life. In a participatory process each person learns to tailor these practices to personal preferences and living conditions. In order to benefit from the full transformative power of the training we will develop a personalized daily mindfulness practice.