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Mindful Awareness at
BY FELICIA TOMASKO
Every Thursday at 12: 30 in the afternoon, the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder
Theater offers a guided experience of Mindful Awareness to anyone willing to sit
The weekly class is led by UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
Director Diana Winston, Associate Director Marvin Belzer, PhD, and other instructors from MARC. Some sessions are in complete silence after the initial instruction
in the technique, while others feature Michael Perricone (pictured, on stage at the
Billy Wilder Theater) playing Tibetan bowls to accompany the practice.
Sitting in a state of mindful awareness helps us to build focus and concentration,
improve attention, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, smooth out the
ups and downs of emotional reactivity, and promote overall health and well-being.
The guided instruction -- offered for free to all museum visitors -- focuses on developing the ability to simply sit and actively observe the physical, mental, and
emotional experience of the moment, allowing things to be as they are.
Meditation in a group supports the individual practice. The positive peer pressure
makes it less likely that you will reach for Facebook half-way through the meditation session. And the deep states of calm and quiet facilitated by Winston and the
other instructors offer a truly rejuvenating lunchtime break amidst the hustle and
bustle of Westwood.
Bring your friends and take the time to sit. Tour the museum before or after, or
just pay attention.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: HAMMER.UCLA.EDU
HAMMER MUSEUM ,
10899 WILSHIRE BLVD.,
LOS ANGELES, CA 90024.