» Mindfulness Meditation

Dean Stearns teaches Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. This is a practice that has ancient roots in many religious practices, and is compatible with most religious traditions. It is a way of centering in the present, open to possibility and the bounteous life we are gifted with.

Mindfulness practice helps us cultivate the capacity within for:

  • appreciating our surroundings at any given moment
  • reducing anxiety through awareness of stories we tell ourselves that often cause anxiety
  • self-awareness
  • being more grounded in our bodies
  • compassion for ourselves
  • compassion for others

Scientific evidence is growing to support the effectiveness of mindfulness in cultivating these qualities. Science is discovering what many religious practitioners have known for centuries. We learn from many sources that it is good to love our neighbors as ourselves, yet often we do not have compassion for the self. Mindfulness enables us to approach our own life with curiosity, acceptance and grace, as we develop a greater capacity for compassion for others.

Read more on Mindfulness Meditation in an article featured in the school newspaper.

Read more on Stress Relief through Mindfulness Meditation here.

+ - Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions (Fall 2016)

Introduction to Mindfulness
Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
When: Mondays noon-1 p.m.  (September through December)
Instructor: Gail Stearns, Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel

*To RSVP contact interfaith@chapman.edu  

Monday Evenings

Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center

7:30-9 p.m.

  • September 26 - Inner Holism: meditations that connect our inner life to each other and the world led by Gurucharan Khalsa
  • October 3 - The Didgeridoo and Sound Energy led by Emma Salahuddin '71
  • October 10 - Sound Healing led by Jody Theissen *Bring your own yoga mat or blanket
  • October 17 - Word Theatre featuring author Tim O'Brien
  • October 23 - Authentic Movement led by Julianne O'Brien * Wear comfortable shoes
  • October 31 - Labyrinth walk with Day of the Dead Commemoration led by MEChA
  • November 7 - Sound Healing with Mindfulness led by Gail Stearns and Jody Theissen                                                                                                                                                     
              * bring your own yoga mat or blanket
  • November 14 - tba                                          
  • November 28 - Stress Relief Skills and Meditation led by Gail Stearns
  • December 5 - Sound Healing Meditation led by Jody Theissen                                                 *bring your own yoga mat or blanket
  • December 12 - Labyrinth walk with Bells led by Nancy Brink

Monday morning Nov. 7: Global Papercutting Traditions led by Lindsay Shen; rsvp to interfaith@chapman.edu

Join us for an hour of total relaxation!

*bring your own yoga mat or blanket

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