Many people find beginning the practice of mindfulness to be somewhat daunting. This course is meant for individuals both new to mindfulness and those who want to enhance their daily practices. We will use the methods of “Immunity to Change” established by Kegan and Lahey to investigate reasons we may be resistant to mindfulness practice. We will also use the Kaizen (often called Toyota method) method to make small incremental progress in our practice without initial major life changes. Lastly, we will introduce practice techniques that develop the direction of the mind toward more balance of positivity/negativity and reduce the negative reinforcing consequences of guilt when we don’t practice.
Each student will be allowed to progress at their own pace. At the end of the 4 classes, students should:
1. Be able to practice several techniques that promote a more positive attitude as well as self-compassion towards oneself and others
2. Become familiar with the concept and science of taking very small steps to make significant changes in one's life
3. Become more adept at allowing and making steady progress in self growth and in identifying obstacles to growth and fulfillment of intentions
4. Be better able to manage the fear of making changes in a more systematic and productive manner
This course will be taught by Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, and primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received mindfulness teaching training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (certification in MBSR under final review) 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 & Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to children in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.