Many of us struggle with fear, worry, and anxiety. We are faced with personal concerns, upsetting life events, daily worries, fear about those we love, or larger ongoing fears in these challenging times. This daylong workshop invites us to learn new ways to relate to fear and anxiety. We will learn how to be mindful in the midst of fear, and how to use mindfulness to prevent our thoughts from getting out of control, by returning to the present moment. We will also learn to cultivate states of mind that antidote these emotions such as fearlessness, ease, and kindness. The workshop will be experiential, and include periods of silent mindfulness meditation practice. We will also be exposed to some basic mindfulness tools that we can share with our clients and patients. Dress comfortably!
Special Morning Guest: Judy Collins, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and longtime mental health advocate will stop by for a few minutes in the morning before The Center’s Legacy of Hope Luncheon to share her personal story. During her 50-plus years in the spotlight, Collins battled bulimia, alcoholism, addiction, and survived her own attempt at suicide. In 1992, she was forced to deal with the suicide death of 33-year-old son, Clark.
- Participants will be able to experience the basics of mindfulness meditation for their personal use
- Participants will be able to apply mindfulness approaches, tools, and techniques directly to help with anxious thoughts and emotions
- Participants will be able to demonstrate and share with clients, patients, and students some basic mindfulness tools for working with anxiety
About the Speaker
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and the co-author, with Susan Smalley PhD, of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness She has taught mindfulness for health and well-being since 1993 in a variety of settings including in healthcare, universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools in the US and internationally. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Allure, Women’s Health, among others. She created the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices Program (MAPs), founded UCLA’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, and is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. The LA Times calls one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness.” Www.marc.ucla.edu and www.dianawinston.com