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Mindshare LA and UCLA/MARC Present: Interactive Mindfulness Games and Workshop
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, November 2nd Schedule
Relational Mindfulness Games and Workshop
at the Temple of Visions art gallery, a hidden gem in Downtown LA.
(Doors 7pm) 7:30pm - 10pm / Workshop Description
• How awake can be we be in interactions with other people?
• Does meditation have anything to do with relating to others?
• How much more honest might I be with others? Would that be a good thing?
Yes it would be a good thing!
Participants will leave this interactive workshop experience knowing:
How we can be more aware with others!
How we can meditate with others in mind to cultivate positive emotions in oneself.
Join Dr. Marvin Belzer, who led attendees through the first steps toward mindfulness at a Mindshare Presents.. workshop in July, for the next installment of mindfulness workshops!
We can deliberately cultivate mindful awareness of our thinking, habits, impulses, reactions, repetitive voices, and emotions. This awareness helps us break unconscious mental habits that create unnecessary suffering.
Mindfulness meditation is a good way to cultivate this type of awareness.-- And so also are interactive (“relational”) mindfulness awareness practices!
Marvin Belzer will describe some relational mindfulness practices (“MAPs”) and guide participants in relational exercises them during this experiential session.
Relational MAPs encourage mental activities that are similar to those in solitary meditation practice, including the use of a neutral home base for the attention. The interactive mindfulness games offer an integration of the customary qualities of mindfulness meditation into structured social settings that make the beneficial effects of mindfulness more accessible to some individuals. And – these exercises are fun!
Effects similar to meditation would be expected if, as neuroscientist Dan Siegel conjectures, heightened self awareness in solitary meditation practice is associated with the brain activity underlying social attunement.
We also will do some brief mindfulness meditations as a foundation for the exercises.. Come see for yourself what can happen!
NOTE: Make sure to bring a pillow / blanket and a notebook!
More about Marvin Belzer and MARC
Marvin Belzer, PhD, has taught mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). For many years he taught a semester-long meditation course in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green St. University, where he was a Professor of philosophy. He and Diana Winston were instrumental in developing week-long mindfulness retreats for teens in the mid-1990s.
MARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.The Jane and Terry Semel Institute at UCLA is dedicated to research and education of neuroscience and human behavior. MARC is a new center in the Semel Institute. Our mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.
For more info on Marvin Belzer, his workshops, and the research at MARC, go to http://marc.ucla.edu/
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