Thank you for your interest in the Mindfulness Skills Workshop, where you can learn “the art of conscious living”!  (Kabat-Zinn)

Please read the information below before attending the first session. It explains our workshop and how to make the most of it.

What is mindfulness?

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally�simply the art of conscious living.”

In this workshop, we encourage you to think of mindfulness as a skill for self-observation. It is a foundational skill for stress management.  It helps you be able to observe, with awareness what is going on in your mind without having to do something to change it right away. It is also a skill which requires practice, practice, practice…and once acquired it will feel more natural to you, a part of how you approach things.

How does it help?

Mindfulness skills help by increasing our recognition of what goes on in our mind, our very private inner world. When we increase the awareness of our mind process, we can increase the understanding of situations we face. Through the practice of mindfulness, a person can learn to develop greater calmness, clarity and insight when facing different life experiences. It can help give back a realistic degree of control in a person’s life beyond the automatic actions and reactions that often drive behavior. 

Workshop Information

  • This workshop consists of four sessions.  Each session meets once a week for 55 minutes.
  • Sitting: Participants have the choice to sit on a chair or a floor cushion (this is a personal preference, either is perfectly fine for mindfulness work). Please wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict your ability to breathe easily.
  • The workshop is didactic and experiential. Participants will learn the skill of mindful awareness.
  • We require committing to attending ALL FOUR sessions.  Each session builds upon the previous one, so in order to get the most out of this, it is important to commit to attending all the sessions.
  • Workshop members agree to and are expected to attend sessions regularly, arrive on time, and remain for the entire session.  If you realize that you cannot make all the sessions, or have to regularly leave early or come late, then perhaps now is not the time to do the workshop series.  We offer the workshop every month, so you might consider joining it at a time you are able to make a full commitment to attending the entire workshop series.
  • In this workshop you are making a commitment with yourself to practice daily the skills taught in each session. We suggest that in the first two weeks you set aside 10 minutes a day or 5 minutes twice a day to practice. We encourage you to increase your practice time to 15 minutes during the third and fourth week. The more you practice the better you get. As you will learn through the workshop, there will be plenty of opportunities to practice your mindfulness skills throughout the day.  This won’t be just more “homework” or tasks on your to do list, but instead, it will become just one more way you naturally use your time.

List of Resources To Learn More About Mindfulness

Books

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach

Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh

Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindsight, the New Science of Personal Transformation, Daniel Siegel

The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, Ronald D. Siegel

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Bob Stahl

Audio/visual

Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivating the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Meditation for Optimum Health, Andrew Weil and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Websites

The Penn Program for Mindfulness
Mindfulness Program for Penn Students
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Univ. of Mass. Medical School
Mindfulness Institute – Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals