Date(s) - Sunday, January 5
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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On Saturday afternoons at UUMAN from 1:00pm to 2:30pm, a group sits together in mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is a way of letting go of distractions and training the mind to become more fully aware of every aspect of our experience in every moment, as it unfolds into the next. Life is always experienced in the present moment, right now. Yet most of us spend most of our attention in thrall to the next rumination, the next anticipation, the next regret. We continuously reflect on, wallow in, and plan for our transitory pleasures and discomforts rather than appreciating what we have—until we’ve lost it. Mindfulness meditation teaches us to break that cycle.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts, has defined “mindfulness” as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” While the practice of mindfulness meditation in the West comes to us via the ancient Buddhist tradition of Vipassana (the Pali word for “insight”), one need not accept the tenets of any particular religion or ideology to practice. This adaptable method of contemplation can be incorporated into any theology, preexisting religious practice, or scientific or secular worldview without doing violence to the practice. Moreover, researchers have found more and more scientific evidence that mindfulness leads to reduced stress, more focus, patience, resilience, and even better cognitive function.
Brief instruction as needed and check-in for about 15 minutes followed by one or more 10 to 30 minute sittings, as those in attendance decide.