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Course Overview

More and more, we’re hearing about the benefits of mindfulness. But often, information about mindfulness can be confusing or contradictory. This class will provide an overview of some of the most rigorous scientific research on the health-promoting effects of mindfulness. We’ll specifically look at studies that support positive outcomes with mindfulness-based programs for pain and difficult emotions.

Research shows that not only does mindfulness change the brain, but that it involves neural processes that are unique and distinct other mind-body approaches. We’ll also sample some short guided mindfulness meditation practices.

What You'll Learn

  • Participants will learn what mindfulness is and what it is not.
  • Learn about the scientific research on mindfulness in general, and specifically for pain and difficult emotions such as anxiety and depression.
  • Understand how mindfulness meditation practice creates lasting changes in the brain.
  • Understand how mindfulness meditation practice differs from other health modalities or relaxation techniques.
  • Participate in short guided meditations and get a sense of what mindfulness practice entails

Who Should Attend

This class is intended for anyone who is curious about mindfulness or wants to know more about the science supporting the health benefits of mindfulness-based programs.

It is appropriate for those with little or no experience with mindfulness meditation as well as those who already have an established practice.

Additional Information

This class is eligible for Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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