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Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga

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Jefferson Park

4822 North Long Avenue

Chicago, IL 60630

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Ever wonder if meditation is for you? Or if practicing mindfulness really works? Almost every day, something about meditation and mindfulness appears in the news. The reports suggest that these practices will make us healthier, happier, keep our brains healthy, and make us more successful. Meditation is the new miracle intervention that improves everything for everyone. But what exactly are meditation and mindfulness? How can they be learned, and by whom? In this talk, Dr. Grabowecky will explain what meditation and mindfulness are and the relationship between them. She will describe possible mechanisms for the effectiveness of these practices at psychological and neural levels, and how meditation and mindfulness relate to other types of training. She will also review evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness and meditation from the domains of physical and mental health, experimental psychology, and neuroscience. Finally, she will consider the costs and benefits of adding meditation practices into one’s life.

Join us to learn about the science behind meditation and mindfulness, and stay to put that knowledge to use in a guided yoga practice after the talk.

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Marcia Grabowecky, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Lecturer and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, where she started teaching in 1994. She has taught a popular class on Buddhist Psychology since 1999, as well as courses including Cognitive Psychology, Mind-training, Biofeedback and Attention, and Hallucinations and the Perception of Reality. She received her graduate training in Cognitive Neuroscience at UC Berkeley, where her graduate research was on brain mechanisms of visual attention. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and she has published extensively on attention, perception, and multisensory integration. She is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism for over 35 years.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Jefferson Park Memorial Field House, Upstairs Auditorium, 4822 N. Long Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630.

This program is FREE to attend and includes a talk by Dr. Marcia Grabowecky followed by a guided yoga practice with Andrea Wobbel.

*Jefferson Park Memorial Fieldhouse is regretfully not handicap accessible, and attendees will be required to walk up a flight of stairs to access the talk and accompanying yoga practice. We apologize for any inconvenience*

This program is a part of the Science in the Parks and We Move Chicago initiatives.

Parking and Transportation:

Jefferson Park is easily accessible by CTA Blue Line 'L' Trains at the Jefferson Park stop. For detailed travel information visit www.transitchicago.com or call the Travel Information Center at 1-888-YOUR-CTA or 1-888-CTA-TTY1 (TTY).

Street parking is free on Long Avenue after 6 p.m. and paid meter parking is available on Higgins.

Notice: As a guest of Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), you agree to be photographed, videotaped, or filmed and grant C2ST permission to put the finished footage/photography to any uses that it may deem proper including marketing, advertising (print, radio, and television) and PR-related activities.

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