Mindfulness, the innate human capacity to be aware in the present moment, with interest and curiosity, can be directly experienced and cultivated with meditation practices. Mindfulness meditation, is practiced both formally and informally. Formal practice includes setting aside time on a regular basis with the specific intention to be present and awake, moment to moment. Informal practice is an invitation to pause many times in a day and choose to be present. Mindfulness, also known as “heartfulness”, is present in all moments of a day, and all days of a life. The potential mental stability, awareness, and greater ease that are associated with the practice of mindfulness can be integrated with intention in relationships with other people. Many people share that, for them, relationships are a source of great joy and, at times, stress. Interpersonal mindfulness offers a means to experience greater freedom as we interact with others.
In our evening together, you will be guided with mindfulness practices, sample a practice of relational mindfulness, explore how we as social beings, long for connection and also can infuse our interactions with greater awareness and compassion, which can enhance quality of life.
About Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of Train the Trainer Program in Oasis Institute, Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the CFM for twenty-two years, her work has focused on training MBSR teachers for over 18 years. As director of the Train the Trainer Program, she is dedicated to the development of trainers of MBSR teachers with the intention of extending the potential benefits of MBSR to future generations, and across cultural, and socio-economic groups.
She has taught and presented at medical centers, clinics, non-profit and private sector organizations around the world. She has consulted and collaborated on mindfulness-oriented healthcare provider education programs with colleagues at the Drexel College of Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical School. She is author and narrator of a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™, a contributor to the books, Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship, The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, and author of a book chapter about teaching MBSR to be published in the summer of 2016.