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The Science of Mindfulness

Prof. Ronald Siegel

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, lecture 3, Informal, Formal and Intensive Practices. In this lecture you will learn about the options for meditation practice: informal mindfulness practice, formal meditation practice, and intensive retreat practice. Throughout this course, you can practice all of the forms of informal and formal practice that you learn about in this lecture. You want to create rituals so that you do them regularly. It’s often best if you try to do formal practice at the same time each day. And if you do a longer dose of mindfulness practice, it’s actually easier to get into it because you’ll notice the effects that your practice is having on your life.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Mar 5, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Donations accepted

Lecture sections: Being Versus Doing; Options for Meditation Practice; Walking and Eating Meditation. Practices and questions to consider:


1. Choose three activities that you do most days that could be used as informal mindfulness practices (e.g., walking the dog, showering, eating breakfast, driving to work, listening to the phone ring, etc.) and do it.

2. Try a few periods of walking and eating meditation. How does your mind respond to these practices, compared to how it responds to the breath awareness practice?

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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