George will guide the group in the practice of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness promotes the nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment through centered focus on the breath and full-body awareness. It combines centuries old meditation techniques with modern medical research to best benefit mind-body health. While originally practiced for stress and pain management, mindfulness meditation also helps with mood regulation, attention, and creativity. It is also a proven adjunct therapy for depression and anxiety, and can help improve physical health.
George has a long-standing meditation practice and has been teaching for nearly four years. He trained in teaching meditation at the Penn Program for Mindfulness of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Mindfulness of the University of Massachusetts. He has designed corporate stress management programs and workshops for people with mental illness and those who support them. George writes the blog Practicing Mental Illness and has had a number of articles on meditation published on PsychCentral. Mindfulness meditation has been a key to helping him overcome his own bipolar disorder. He also teaches meditation at Mama’s Wellness Joint in Philadelphia.
Each evening will include guided meditations and discussions. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Suggested donation $5.