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The Art and Science of Mindfulness

All-Day Program

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Code: 1H0434

Practicing mindfulness can help us to be more present in our lives by promoting a deeper and richer awareness of our inner self. This, in turn, allows us to focus better and can even help alleviate stress and other negative mental and physical states.

Meditation teacher Hugh Byrne explains how mindfulness works and how to cultivate it in meditation and in daily life. He explores the origins of mindfulness in Buddhist teachings, discusses the benefits demonstrated in research studies, examines its role in changing habits, and provides skills and practices to use in daily life. Each session includes experiential practices of mindfulness. No experience or special equipment is required. Students may bring a pillow or cushion or use the chairs provided.

10–11 a.m.  Origins of Mindfulness in Buddhist Teachings and Applications Today

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  What Mindfulness Is and Isn’t

Scientific research on its benefits in alleviating physical, mental, and emotional stress and enhancing well-being.

12:15–1:15 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own)

1:15–2:15 p.m.  The Art of Mindfulness Practice

How to cultivate intention, attention, and attitudes that support being present here and now.

2:30–3:30 p.m.  Mindfulness in Daily Life

Mindfulness in work, in relationships, and in other aspects of our lives.

Byrne is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He is the author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and For All.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)