The Deepening Mindfulness program offers an opportunity to extend and deepen mindfulness meditation, the foundational practice of Mindfulness-Based Programs, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion.
Participants will explore some of the traditional teachings on the establishment of mindfulness and their links to contemporary mindfulness approaches and modern life.
Additional emphasis will be placed on:
- Grounding mindfulness in the body, as a means of regulating nervous system reactivity, particularly for those coping with stress, anxiety, and trauma
- Kindness practice, as a source of safety and ease when encountering difficult experiences on and off the cushion.
- How the practice can help us clarify values and strengthen community as we meet the more complex challenges of contemporary life, such as social justice, climate change, and collective identity.
The 8, 90-minute sessions will include periods of instruction, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and group inquiry.
Completion of an established, 8-week mindfulness course or equivalent is strongly encouraged.