April – June 2008

Eating and Walking Your Way to Wellness as a Cancer Survivor (details)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 (7pm – 9pm)

Many cancer survivors mistakenly believe that everyday lifestyle choices become irrelevant once they have been diagnosed with cancer. Science increasingly shows such beliefs to be mistaken. What you eat and how much physical activity you engage in daily matter a great deal, both during active treatment as well as after treatment. Our goal is to share practical, time-tested nutrition and physical activity strategies that have helped survivors regain physical function and emotional well-being. Ample time for questions is included.


6 Week Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) Class (details)

These classes are the signature educational programs of the Mindful Awareness Research Center and an excellent introduction to mindfulness. You will learn mindfulness meditation practices including sitting, walking meditations, and how to work with difficult thoughts and emotions. These practices develop greater mind-body awareness and reduce stress.  You will learn how to incorporate mindful awareness in to your daily life.


MAPs for Professional and Family Care-Givers (details)

The challenge of caring for a patient, parent, a spouse or a child in the midst of your busy life can feel overwhelming and leave you stressed out on a daily basis.  This class series, taught in a gentle and gradual way, will offer you some vital yet simple tools of Mindful Awareness and ways to incorporate them into your daily lives. You will learn mindfulness meditation practices including sitting, walking meditations, and how to work with difficult thoughts and emotions. This is our basic MAPs for daily Living with a new emphasis on practices to develop greater mind-body awareness, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. (We welcome nurses, activists, doctors, mental health professionals, healing arts professionals and those caring for family & friends)


A Loving Legacy: Turning Memories into Memoirs (details)

May 19, 2008; June 2, 2008; June 16, 2008

Memories of everything that has ever happened to you are stored in your unconscious. There are hundreds of stories residing inside you. These stories are your identity.

Using combined techniques of relaxation, visualization, and Fast Flow Writing™ to access emotions, sensory memories, and life experiences, Dr. Ballon will help participants transform their memories into memoirs.

Dr. Ballon brings a unique expertise as an international writing consultant and longtime psychotherapist in facilitating self-exploration, self-discovery, and a powerfully authentic voice in writing.

Each workshop will involve a combination of listening, writing, sharing, and receiving feedback. Sharing what one has written is optional. The program is well-suited for adults and high school students. No writing experience is necessary.


A Day of Mindfulness: CLEAR MIND, OPEN HEART (details)

Saturday, May 10, 2008 (10am – 4pm)

Join us for a day of Mindful Awareness Practice suitable for those new to mindfulness or who already know the basics. A day of mindfulness is an excellent opportunity to build or strengthen your foundation in mindfulness as continuous practice allows mindfulness to deepen, insights to arise, and our heart to grow more peaceful and kind. During this day we will practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, loving kindness meditation, engage in some dialogue, and meet like-minded others. An excellent introduction or refresher on mindfulness!


HOTSPOTS (details)

Monday, May 5, 2008 (7pm – 9:30pm)

Based upon the book, HOTSPOTS Revisited – Earth’s Biologically Richest And Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions, by Russell A. Mittermeier, etal, this expeditionary feature film documentary shows how many of the most inspired conservation efforts are succeeding throughout the world and what it takes – in the trenches- to negotiate a sustainable future for life on Earth. Locations in Madagascar, Brazil, Peru, Chile, the US, and New Zealand were chosen as critical representatives of the 35 terrestrial hotspots thus far identified by scientists at Conservation International. The film reveals numerous primates, avians, rodents, bats, insects, reptiles, amphibians, unique plants, and human cultural artifacts, some never before filmed. Several new species are recorded on film for the first time, including invertebrates in Sequoia National Park, and primates in both Madagascar and Brazil. Hosted by Russell A. Mittermeier, PhD, president of Conservation International, who leads a team of scientists responsible for saving more precious environments globally than any other organization.


Where is the Mind in Mind/Body Research? Brief Background and a current fMRI study of mindfulness (details)

Monday, April 28, 2008 (11am – 12pm)

Complete details: marc.ucla.edu/
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)Monthly Lecture Series


New Biophysics Approaches to Complementary Medicine and Consciousness (details)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (12pm – 2pm)

This program will address the question: What might be learned from the ancients and their various approaches to health and disease care that could be relevant to the challenges facing our systems of medicine today?

It will address the issues from the perspective of both theoretical physics and traditional healing systems, like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which embrace the notion of strengthening consciousness within the life force to promote health.


Healing Back and Neck Pain through Movement:  A Demonstration of 7 Approaches (details)

Monday, April 14, 2008 (7pm – 9:15pm)

The program will consist largely of experiential exercises and demonstrations with audience volunteers on how to use drumming with different client groups and in one-to-one therapy. The audience will engage in an interactive drumming experience right from the start of the program. Remo drums and percussion will be provided for those who did not bring one.

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