Summer sessions

All classes are free and open to the public. No experience needed.

Registration encouraged, but drop ins welcome


Stress Reduction with Margaret

5:30-6:30pm July 8, 15, 22, 29

Adams Intercultural Center





Mindfulness Meditation with Margaret

Noon-12:45pm July 10, 17, 24, 31








Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state in which mind and body are together in the present. Developing an a wareness of when mind has wandered to the past or to the future is a key practice.

I have tried mindfulness in the past but I was not able to stop my thoughts and actually felt more anxious. What did I do wrong?

This is a common experience, not just for beginners, but experienced practioners as well. In addition to developing awareness, you also want to cultivate a non-judgmental attitude. So you did nothing wrong, but rather you just became aware of what was happening in the moment. It sounds as though you were expecting to feel more relaxed and when you did not “achieve” the goal of stopping your thoughts, you became more anxious. There are many ways to stay present and not focus on future goals. A mindfulness facilitator can assist you in learning these ways.

I have had some health issues and I am not in the best shape. Will I have to sit still for long periods of time?

Mindfulness practice is for ALL bodies and the practice can be tailored to your own specific needs. Sitting still for long periods of time can be valuable, but it is not necessary to gain the benefits of mindfulness practice. Any time you focus your attention on the present, regardless of where you are or what you are doing, you are practicing mindfulness.

Which religion is meditation a part of?

Meditation is a state in which mind and body remain unified in the present for longer and longer periods of time. Mindfulness is the practice by which to arrive in a meditative state. Neither is associated with a specific religion, but the themes of unity and peace that are associated with mindfulness and meditation can be found in many spiritual practices. From feeling “at one with nature” to the experience of devotional prayer, mind/body union and a sense of deep peace are felt.


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