Spring College-Age Mindful Stress Reduction Classes

with Cheryl Blackington, M.Ed.

Ages: Designed for ages 18 – 25
Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 24, and 31, 2020
Time: 7:15 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $90 for all 4 classes – Register by February 4 to save $10!
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Course Outline:

During this class, you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness and learn several skills, including meditation, to help manage stress and enrich your life. Mindfulness is about being attentive to your life and reducing the amount of time you spend worrying about the future or fretting about the past. An important aspect of mindfulness is developing a nonjudgmental, accepting, even curious attitude about your moment-to-moment experience. The more you develop this attitude, the less you will feel overwhelmed by changes and challenges in your life.

Each class was developed and tested specifically for your age group. Learning to calm and still the mind is one of the greatest skills you can develop! It is not a magic wand, and will not make all of your problems go away, but it will give you the tools to help yourself when needed. It does require a commitment to the class, and to starting a meditation practice.

Dates and Topics:

  • Class OneTuesday, March 3
    • Mindfulness Practices including: Belly Breathing, Dynamic Breathing, and Body Scan
    • Working with Thoughts
    • Beginning to see our judging minds and learning to let them go
    • Reflection Logs – begin noticing and recording your learnings each week
    • Establish a daily practice
  • Class Two: Tuesday, March 10
    • Learning to focus on our breath
    • Noticing our thinking mind vs. our observing mind
    • Acceptance is not giving up
    • Mindfulness Practices including: Meditation, Walking Meditation, Gatha Meditation
    • Reflection Logs
    • Establishing a Daily Practice
  • Class Three: Tuesday, March 24
    • A strong and observing mind stays calm and centered
    • Our thoughts, not our circumstances, cause most of our stress
    • Meditation builds resilience
    • Mindfulness Practices including: Basic Breath Meditation, Guided Imagery, Labeling/Noting Thoughts
    • Guided Meditation
    • Reflection Logs
    • Establishing a Daily Practice
  • Class Four: Tuesday, March 31
    • Noticing Autopilot – slowing down
    • Working with emotions – labeling feelings technique
    • Mindfulness Practices including: Eating Meditation
    • Guided Meditation
    • Reflection Logs
    • Maintaining a Daily Practice

Cheryl Blackington, M.Ed.
Mindfulness Instructor
Grand Rapids, MI