Mindfulness Meditation

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Mindfulness Classes at The Health Museum | April - May 2017

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LEARNING MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is learning to pay attention to the present moment with an openness, curiosity and kindness. It is something that we do naturally. Most often, however, we are caught in habit energy where we are thinking about events of the past or future or caught in judging the present, taking us out of our experience. Over the last 25 years, mindfulness practices have been studied widely in America and shown to reduce stress, lessen suffering from anxiety, depression and physical pain, boost the immune system, improve our sense of well-being, and actually change the structure and function of the brain. Come join Dr. Ann Friedman, a psychologist and certified mindfulness instructor, to learn more about mindfulness.

 

ADULTS

April 18-May23  (Tuesday evenings, 6:15-7:30pm)

April 20 -May 25 (Thursday mornings 8:30-9:45am)

Special series focusing on cultivation practices:  April 18-May 23 (Tuesdays, 8:30am-9:30am)

Learn how to focus your attention and let go of stressful thoughts and emotions.
You will learn a specific way of paying attention to your breath, body, thoughts, feelings and to the world around you. The way of paying attention is powerful because when you can observe your thoughts and feelings, then you can choose how you act. You can also learn how to bring relaxation to your body when you are feeling stress and anxiety.

 

MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS & TEENS

April 1-May 13, skipping April 15

Children (ages 6-8):  Saturday, 1-2pm

Children (ages 9-12):  Saturday, 2:30-3:30pm

Teens:  Saturday, 11am -12pm

Learn how to focus your attention and let go of stressful thoughts and emotions.
In this course you will learn a specific way of paying attention to your breath, body, thoughts, feelings and to the world around you. The way of paying attention is powerful because when you can observe your thoughts and feelings, then you can choose how you act. You can also learn how to bring relaxation to your body when you are feeling stress and anxiety.

The practice of mindfulness has been shown to increase attention and focus, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and increase an overall sense of well-being in both adults and children. It is used by professional athletes, healthcare professionals, educators, lawyers, and military personnel to enhance their performance.

Teens who have taken this course have found it has helped them with their schoolwork, sports and other activities, as well as in their relationships with their friends, parents, and siblings.

 

 

Questions? Contact publicprograms@thehealthmuseum.org for more information. 

Ann Friedman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Counseling Psychology Graduate Program for over ten years. Ann holds both a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. She completed her Residency in Clinical Psychology at U.T. Medical School and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

For the last nine years, Ann has studied mindfulness intensively with various national teachers. In 2015, she received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at UCLA. Ann currently teaches mindfulness at Rothko Chapel, The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, Congregation Emanu El, United Orthodox Synagogues, Congregation Beth Yeshurun and Congregation Sh’ma Koleinu.