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Let this be the YEAR of CONSCIOUS CHANGE for you! You are NOT your thoughts AND thoughts are NOT facts (though we treat them as if they were!) Come Join us for a powerful series of classes over 9 weeks based on MINDFULNESS using Eckhart Tolle's Practicing the Power of Now book. Mindfulness is made up of 2 practices: Formal (Mindfulness meditation) and Informal (Mindfulness activities / practices/skills that are practiced anywhere, throughout the day). In Mindfulness Meditation, the goal is NOT to cease thoughts and/or feelings but to build skills to begin to allow, accept, and observe thoughts and feelings without reacting or identifying with them. This cultivates a greater capacity to be with our thoughts and feelings with curiosity and compassion and allows for more space, time to choose how to respond (or not) consciously. In daily Mindfulness practices, the goal is to use skills throughout the day at any given moment to increase one's present moment awareness with total acceptance of what is occurring in the moment (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations) without judgment and, in time, with curiosity and compassion. The health benefits of Mindfulness practices for children and adults have been well researched, documented, and mindfulness classes are found even in Oakland Unified School District classrooms and HMO's like Kaiser. Increased well being, clarity, inner peace, empathy are just some of the benefits. Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses. We help to grow this space, enabling new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution. Introduced into medicine thirty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, mindfulness has become a successful mainstream influence in medicine, psychology, corporate environments, and now education. Thirty years of research and, more recently, brain science, offer compelling evidence to support the use of mindfulness in education and the health & well being communities. The application of mindfulness has the potential to improve personal and professional achievement, mental health, and inter- and intra-personal relationships Classes start Thursday Feb 5th. Class: Mindfulness as a Spirtual practice using Eckhart Tolle's Practicing the Power of Now book. Day & Time: Thursday evening 7-9pm Dates: Feb 5th through March 26th 2015 Cost: $208 for entire series of 9 weeks! (some sliding scale availability depending on need) Location: Oakland Center for Spiritual Living 5000 Clarewood Dr., Oakland Ca. Contact: Constance show contact info ext 351

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