During the month of February, challenge yourself to participate in MMC’s 28-day meditation program. It’s simple: Commit to meditating each day and connect online to share experiences – pleasant, difficult or otherwise. We will follow the meditation program outlined in Sharon Salzberg’s book, “Real Happiness.” This blog will be your guide, including links to helpful Web sites and guided meditations. Meditation can help with overall wellness, pain, stress, anxiety, sleep and concentration. This is your opportunity to start a new practice to enhance your wellbeing or to continue your practice in the company of your fellow Griffins.

Sign up with the form below and to the right and check back here often.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Resources for ongoing practice

Classes and courses

Insight Meditation Center
28 W. 27th St.
They offer a lot of different classes and also drop-in meditation sittings on a weekly basis. Fees are modest and sometimes by donation.
Of particular interest to college students is Generation Meditation: Young Adults, which is a drop-in group every Sunday at 6,  by donation.
Also, for everyone, they offer a Beginner Orientation every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and also a teacher-led sitting group during the same time period. You could start with the first and transition to the latter.
They also offer sitting groups in Brooklyn and Queens.
It's worthwhile to explore their Web site, https://www.nyimc.org/.

If you are interested in a more intensive training. I recommend taking an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. This is a well-researched, highly regarded program to learn and practice mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. There are courses starting in March in NYC:

@MMC - Cultivate Your Inner Buddha
4-week mindfulness class for MMC students only
Thursdays from 4 to 5:10, starting April 3.
For info or to sign up: ssorrentino@mmm.edu


Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness in Plain English,  by Henepola Gunaratana
Moment by Moment by Jerry Braza
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein

Web sites

http://www.wildmind.org/ (NOTE: They offer a 4-week online course starting next week)

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