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Meditation & Mindfulness


Open-Ended Weekly Meditation Groups

Sessions will run weekly from January 17 - April 26, 2017.

  • Tuesdays, Chestnut Hill Lower Campus: 12 - 1 p.m., Bluhm Library, Lyons 201E
  • Wednesdays, Brighton Campus: 12 - 1 p.m., Theology and Ministry Library, 117 Lake Street, Ryan Room
  • Wednesdays, Newton Campus: 12:30 - 1 p.m., Law Library

These groups provide basic instruction and regular opportunity to practice meditation/mindfulness. Participants benefit from insight and support to establish a home practice.  Participants are not required to attend every session. Register by contacting Pat Touzin at x2-3340 or


Yoga in the Museum

Wednesdays, February 15 - April 5, 2017, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Atrium, McMullen Museum of Art

Join us for gentle hatha yoga in the McMullen Museum’s bright, two-story atrium. Whether you are a beginner or a yoga enthusiast, this series of classes for faculty and staff will help restore the mind and body at the end of the workday. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and water. Registration required.



The Museum as a Contemplative Space

Mondays, February 20 - March 27, 2017, 12 - 1 p.m. | Galleries, McMullen Museum of Art

Practicing mindfulness expands awareness and open-ness to new ideas and perspectives in all settings. This program explores the basic principles of mindfulness while harnessing the restorative power of art. Turning inward to pay attention to senses, body, and breath, participants will learn meditative ways to view and interact with art by honing in on the power of color and form featured in paintings by contemporary artist Rafael Soriano. Registration required.




Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Improves Well-Being and Performance

September 22, 2016

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center

This session will introduce participants to the basic principles and practices of mindfulness and meditation. Both practices have widely-researched health and cognitive benefits. Both are mind-training techniques that build focus and present moment awareness. People who practice meditation and mindfulness report that they are better able to cut through workplace distractions and to sustain concentration on complex and challenging tasks. This enhanced focus increases productivity, clarity, and creativity in decision-making. These practices also strengthen one’s capacity to effectively regulate responses to stress. Practitioners report that they are calmer, more confident and more resilient in stressful situations. This session will teach a series of simple practices that participants will be able to integrate into their daily lives at work and at home.

A light lunch will be provided.



Yoga-Nidra - Restorative Guided Meditation

Session I: Wednesday, October 4 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Shea Room, Conte
Session II: Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Shea Room, Conte

Give yourself permission to rest and restore. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra has the power to transform you at core levels. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations. It suspends us in the space between wakefulness and sleep, (a place we naturally visit before we fall asleep.) It is in this state we are most receptive and open to complete relaxation. This meditation will begin with breath work and gentle seated stretches to prepare you for deep relaxation.

This inspired, meditative practice requires nothing of you but to close your eyes and listen. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra (c) has been used to successfully adi insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and many other issues.
Instructor: Jennifer Cataldo, E-RYT & Reiki Master/Teacher

Registration required, space is limited. Participants may sign up for one session only.



Beyond the Basics: Exploring a Mindfulness/Meditation Practice
(A Six-Session Series)

This group will meet weekly for six consecutive Mondays from October 16 - November 20, 2017.

Mondays, 12 - 1 p.m. | Ryan Room, 127 Lake Street, Brighton Campus

Mindfulness techniques build on meditation,  applying it to daily life in creative ways that increase your capacity to manage stress, to avoid rumination, to focus and think clearly, and, ultimately, to make decisions that align with your values.

This course offers participants the opportunity to explore a variety of mindfulness/meditation approaches in a group setting. The goal is provide information and support to help participants identify approaches that best fit their needs and that can become the basis of an ongoing personal practice. In this series, each session builds on the one prior so registration is required for all six sessions.

Prior experience with either meditation or mindfulness is helpful, but not necessary.



Holiday Stress Relief with Guided Meditation

Wednesday, December 6 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Shea Room, Conte

Release your Holiday Stress. Give yourself permission to rest and restore. In this class we will combine aromatherapy, gentle breath work, and a short series of gentle seated postures before we settle into a guided meditation. This class is designed to release tension in the body and mind during this busy season.

This inspired, meditative practice rquires nothing of you but to close your eyes and listen.

Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra (c) has been used to successfully aid insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and many other issues.
Instructor: Jennifer Cataldo, E-RYT & Reiki Master/Teacher

Registration required, space is limited.