What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with that experience in a non-judgmental way. By practicing mindful awareness we cultivate our capacity to connect with the experience of calm, ease, and well-being. Mindfulness is a first-person investigation into the architecture of our own inner landscape. The more gently we come to awareness and accept and befriend our inner landscape, the more kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity we manifest into the worlds we inhabit. Mindfulness and heartfulness are synonymous. Research suggests that the practice of mindfulness lowers blood pressure; boosts the immune system; reduces inflammation; strengthens focus and increases attention (particularly supportive of those suffering from ADHD); helps with difficult mental states such as anxiety, rumination, and depression; fosters emotional regulation; reduces emotional reactivity; increases self-awareness and well-being; and improves the functioning of the brain responsible for decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.
2023 Offerings – Held virtually
UCLA MAPs I - For Daily Living Classes
New Year’s Day Retreat, 2023
Meditations on Forgiveness: Setting Intentions to Set Ourselves Free – Sunday January 1, 2023 (9:15a.m. – 12:15p.m./PST)
Mindfulness Drop-ins (Free)
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: Lecture & Workshop Series
2022 Offerings – Held virtually
UCLA MAPS I Classes
Summer Day-Long Retreat: Live via Zoom
Free Mindfulness Drop-ins and Podcasts
Mindfulness Currents in Academia: UCLA Lecture Series
Workshops - UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
New Year’s Day Retreat, 2022
"The Intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind a faithful servant, we have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
"Direct your eye right inward, and you'll find a thousand regions in your mind yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be expert in home-cosmography."