A Video Presentation on Mindfulness Practices from the Sounds True Series: A Year Of Mindfulness
Hosted by: Westfield Mindfulness Meditation Group
Tuesday, March 6th , 6-8 PM, Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Ctr., Westfield,
In The Carriage House’s Providence Room
Cost: Free, but donations to defray Genesis’ overhead expenses are encouraged
RSVP: If you plan to attend, please rsvp by contacting: John Meiklejohn at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-348-2848.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 on the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. He is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.
During this 90 min. video presentation, Jon will emphasize the importance of not fabricating an ideal of practice, but instead letting the reality of our potentially messy situations be the “curriculum” it is. We will practice taking our seats and taking a stand, both literally and metaphorically, just as we are, in the face of the full human condition. This involves embodying the actuality of our openhearted attending, apprehending, and understanding in both stillness and in action—while cultivating awareness of our own tendencies toward blindness through clinging to particular lenses and disregarding others.
Jon will explore both formal and informal mindfulness practices. These will include resting in awareness of the body as a whole, sitting outside of time, and moving through the day while resting in choiceless awareness. We will practice recognizing our mind’s automatic patterns, reactions, and clinging, effortlessly transforming them into mindful and heartful responses congruent with our aspirations and understanding.
Through these practices we will explore meeting the enormity of the dukkha, i.e. the general suffering, we encounter when awake to the human condition and the planet, with an open heart. Endemic racism, social and economic injustice, unrecognized privilege of all sorts, environmental and political threats to the health of our planet and its diverse life expressions—there is no shortage of difficulty in our world. Yet, rather than turning away, our practice allows us to show up mindfully, acknowledging that we are not really separate and responding in whatever unique ways are appropriate to who we are and our callings in the world in this brief moment we call a human lifespan.
An optional discussion period will follow the 90 min. video presentation.