This class is open to all people who have a busy schedule and want to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life. We will use the practice of small steps to gradually allow mindfulness to enrich our lives using methods applied to everyday experience that will require a minimum amount of extra time. The purpose of this approach is to integrate mindful awareness into activities you already engage in, rather than “adding” mindfulness practices to an already busy schedule. We will also introduce practice techniques that develop the direction of the mind toward more positivity and connection to experience. Participants will have the option to practice and experience mindful meditation, but as an optional support to the experience of everyday life.
Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. Develop a mindfulness practice that permeates everyday experience and allows for perpetual growth, while also preparing one for a meditation practice should one desire.
2. Be able to practice several techniques that promote a more positive attitude and self-compassion towards oneself and others.
3. Become familiar with the concept and science of taking very small steps to make significant changes in one’s life.
4. Become more adept at allowing and making steady progress towards growth and fulfillment of our intentions without guilt.
Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund.
4-Class Sessions: Every other Tuesday (dates and time TBA)
Daylong Retreat: Time and location TBA
About the Instructor
Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles. Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.