Introduction to Beginner's Mind
Every other Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm beginning October 9 thru November 20, 2014
Class Description: Many people find beginning the practice of mindfulness to be somewhat daunting. This course is meant for individuals both new to mindfulness and those who want to enhance their daily practices.
We will use the short time/many times approach to mindfulness meditation, which does not require large time commitments or a change of lifestyle. We will go over the problems of competing commitments and understanding our personal roadblocks to accessing the insights and creativity available through mindfulness practice. Each student will be allowed to progress at their own pace. At the end of the 4 classes, students should be able to:
1. Incorporate mindfulness exercises into their existing schedule.
2. Be introduced to incorporating short sessions of sitting, walking, and body awareness, and visualization meditation into their daily lives.
3. Have tools to handle stress and re-frame experience.
4. Be ready to complete a more time consuming and rigorous mindfulness meditation program such as MBSR if they desire.
About the Instructor
Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received mindfulness teaching training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (certification in MBSR under final review) and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.
Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child & Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to children in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.
Thursday, October 9, 2014: 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, October 23, 2014: 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, November 6, 2014: 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014: 6:30-8:30pm