A Course in Mindfulness

Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and colleagues in 1979, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1993, Bill Moyers featured Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Stress Reduction Clinic in his series “Healing and the Mind”. A great wave began as many health care professionals wanted to use this model for similar programs.

Mindfulness programs are six to eight-week training programs designed to empower participants to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness. The classes meet weekly for 1.5-2 hours and there is an all-day session on a weekend day. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 6-30 minutes a day with instructional audio recordings at home. Alumni of the Stress Reduction Program are welcome to attend future all-day sessions at no charge. In addition, we offer free weekly practice sittings (currently streamed by Zoom) and alumni graduate programs. 

This program can improve participant’s ability to live and cope with chronic pain, illness, insomnia, depression, anxiety, stress related conditions, and the stresses of everyday life. Participants have stated that they feel less judgmental and critical of themselves and subsequently toward others. Many also report a decrease of the frequency and length of medical visits to hospitals, emergency rooms, and health care professional offices. There has also been a noticeable decrease in the use of prescription and non-prescription medications. 

Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck from whatever is keeping us off-balance. The benefits of practicing mindfulness are cumulative and can be life changing.

Group Meditation

*Currently being offered by the Zoom platform. Please contact us for details. 

4:45 PM – 5:15 PM, Wednesdays, Garden Level – Holy Angels Room, Mother Gamelin Center on Sacred Heart Campus. The Holy Angels Room is at the far north end of the hallway on the garden level. If you’d like to arrive via the Healing Garden, the door off of the garden to the Mother Gamelin Center will be unlocked. If driving, I recommend arriving at the East entrance and parking on 9th Ave at a meter. There are a few handicap spots if you drive in the driveway. You will take the stairs or the elevator one floor down if you use the East entrance. This sitting time is free and open to all.

Please enter quietly and comfortably take your seat on a chair or your own cushion on the floor. The usual format consists of 30 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation, various readings and recordings as well as an occasional walking meditation in the garden. An optional 15 minutes of discussion often follows the sitting time. The bells will ring at 4:45 and 5:15, please respect this time of stillness by arriving on time.

Large Group Presentations

One hour mindfulness presentation- Carey Chilton Charyk offers “A Taste of Mindfulness” experiential explanation to groups about the benefits of meditation