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A Day of Mindfulness: Transforming Difficult Thinking

Thursday, October 6, 2016
9 am to 4:30 pm at The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell
Registration Only: $45
Registration with 6 CEUs: $75

Experience a day of mindfulness. Why are some types of thoughts so challenging? Some of our patterns of thinking create significant suffering in our mind. Thoughts can lead to anxiety, depression, and anger. Thoughts can be incessantly judgmental, repetitive, compulsive, worry-filled, anxious, and self-critical. Yet other thoughts can lead to happiness, calm, and peace.

In this daylong experience, we will explore how we can use mindfulness to transform difficult thinking. Through mindfulness, we can learn to not believe everything we think, distinguish helpful from harmful thinking, let go of repetitive unhelpful thoughts, and use thought in helpful ways to bring more happiness. The day will also include a basic introduction to mindfulness, tools for getting started with daily practice and ways to integrate mindfulness into your practice with clients and others.

The day will employ a number of modalities, including lecture, group discussion, interpersonal exercises. The centerpiece of the day will be walking and sitting meditation, to allow the participants to fully explore the benefit of mindfulness practiced over a full day.

Our Speakers
Diana Winston Called “one of the nation’s leading mindfulness teachers” by the LA Times, Diana Winston has been the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center since 2006. She is the co-author (with Susan Smalley, Ph.D.) of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness and the CD, “Mindful Meditations” (2008). She has been teaching mindfulness nationally and internationally since 1993 and has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, businesses, and nonprofits, as well as to leaders, educators, and health professionals in the US and Asia.

Mariel HemingwayMariel Hemingway is Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter. An Academy Award nominee and prolific author, In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in high-touch solutions that facilitate the greatest sense of personal power, life balance, joy, fitness, authenticity and peace of mind. She’s both a devoted teacher and student in this holistic concentration. Mariel will stop by the workshop in the morning to share a little of her story of surviving and thriving despite her family’s struggle with mental illness, alcohol, suicide and abuse.

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