Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Pause & Practice)
A Mindful Harlem 8-week MBSR class beginning March 24th, 2020.
Dan is a mindfulness teacher, writer, organizational trainer, speaker and coach, who lives in New York City and offers transformative teachings and practices that help people and organizations awaken to and realize their potential.
Dan fell in love with mindfulness in his early 20s when he was having what people nowadays call a quarter-life crisis. Everything on the outside seemed fine: a graduate of Harvard, he was working for the LA times in Mexico City, in a great relationship, making good money, had lots of friends, but something didn’t feel right from the inside-out. There was a nagging sense that “there’s more to life” than just succeeding and “making it.” Dan went on a search for something that would help bring clarity, reduce suffering and bring greater ease.
In his search, Dan met a Zen monk living on Stone Island off the coast of Mazatlán who taught him a simple meditation practice. He felt like he had been on a long journey in the desert without any water, and somebody had finally offered him a glass of water—the cool, refreshing taste of mindfulness; of being present to whatever was happening without being caught in it and pushed around by it; of touching into a loving, caring awareness at the very core of our being.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Take a moment, this moment. Pause... and consider what brought you here. Take the first step in your own journey into mindfulness and the study of MBSR. This class supports teachers/individuals by helping them manage their stress and the challenges they face each day in the classrooms/organizations. Take a moment, this moment. Pause.............and consider what brought you here. Take a few breaths with awareness and consider what brought you to investigate MBSR. Allow a few moments to notice what arises. It is likely that you are noticing some sort of suffering whether it be a recent loss or the pain and worry of chronic or acute physical illness. Perhaps you are dealing with a difficult relationship, anxiety and stress or depression. A friend or loved one may have pointed out to you that you seem highly reactive and are not fully listening. Or you simple want to be more present and feel more alive and authentic in your life. These are among the reasons and difficulties people report when choosing to enroll in an MBSR class.
MBSR, one of the most widely used mindfulness training programs, has been reported to produce positive effects on psychological well being, learning and memory processes, emotional regulation, self-referential processing and perspective taking. No matter the cause or nature of your suffering there is more right with you than wrong with you and all of what you need you already have!
Rediscover yourself! Read the course expectations and practice/learning guidelines and look at the class schedule. Use the registration form to let us know you are interested in signing up and we will contact you directly. All participants will either speak with the teacher prior to enrolling.
The course schedule consists of an orientation followed by 8 weekly classes which includes one all day session.
This highly participatory, practical course includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instruction
- Group dialogue
- Daily home assignments
- Guided audio files for home practice and a workbook
- Full day silent retreat
Session 1: March 24 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.*
Session 2: March 31 7:00 p.m - 9:30 p.m
Session 3: April 7 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Session 4: April 14 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Session 5: April 21 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Session 6: April 28 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Daylong: Silent Retreat Sunday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Session 7: May 5 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Session 8: May 12 6:30 p.m.- 9:30p.m.*
*The first and last class will run for 3 hours.
Contact Dan Vazquez with questions or more information at firstname.lastname@example.org