Meditation & Mindfulness
Healthy You Programs
The health benefits of meditation are widely known: lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, relaxed body, calm mind, improved focus. The terms “meditation” and “mindfulness” are often used interchangeably. Both involve the practice of uncritically focusing your attention on one thing at a time.
The reason these practices are important is that the pace and the demands of our high tech, multi-tasking, work-focused society regularly activate the body’s stress response and keep us in over-drive much of the time—with and without our awareness.
Contemplative Viewings at The McMullen Museum of Art
Art expands awareness and restores connection to self and soul. So does mindfulness.
In this program of mindful viewing and contemplation, we will explore the power of sensuality and spirit as expressed by painters William Trost Richards in the exhibition Hieroglyphs of Landscape and Mary Armstrong, in Conditions of Faith.
Using mindfulness, poetry, sketching, and journaling, we will explore Albert Camus' striking dictum not to analyze art, but to connect to it: "There is not a single true work of art, that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it."
This is the third series of contemplative viewings designed and led by Michael
Connolly. You may sign up for individual sessions (limited to 12 participants).
There is one program on each artist, presented twice.
Location: McMullen Museum of Art, Brighton Campus
Time: Noon to 12:50 pm
William Trost Richards - Hieroglyphs of Landscape: Monday, 11/4 or Thursday, 11/7
Mary Armstrong - Conditions of Faith: Monday, 11/11 or Thursday, 11/21
Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | 2101 Comm. Ave., Room 111
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.
Open-Ended Weekly Meditation Groups
Sessions will run weekly from September 23, 2019 - December 19, 2019.
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. You may drop in or register by contacting Pat Touzin at x2-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mondays, Brighton Campus, 12:10 - 1 p.m. | Room 226, 129 Lake St.
- Tuesdays, Chestnut Hill Lower Campus, 12 - 1 p.m. | Lyons 201E, Bluhm Library
- Wednesdays, Brighton Campus, 12 - 1 p.m. | Ryan Room, Theology and Ministry Library, 117 Lake Street
- Thursdays, Newton Campus, 12:30 - 1 p.m. | Law Library's Contemplative Room #427