Please note: The January session of this series, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, has been canceled due to the snow storm. The series will now begin on Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.
Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.
Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.
Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Jan. 5: rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 2
Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.). Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.
Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2
As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.
A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.
Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6
Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.
Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.
Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in January: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)
Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD
Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series
Please register and pay by Dec. 28
About the Presenter:
Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.