Natalie Bell              Mindfulness & Compassion Training


                  UCLA's Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) For Daily Living


   Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs 1 & 2) For Daily Living, in Santa Monica

Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature educational programs of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. The class lays the foundation for students to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and to apply the principles in their daily life on an ongoing basis.

Each class is a dynamic, interactive combination of lecture, practice, and group feedback and discussion. MAPs is taught in a context of a supportive community environment with classes no larger than 30-40 students. Students report that the group support is one of the most helpful and inspiring aspects of the class. MAPs instructors have years of personal experience practicing mindfulness and teaching it nationally and internationally. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

MAPs 1  "Mindful Awareness Practices": Starting September 19, Tuesdays, 10AM - 12 noon, September 19-October 24th, 2017 at Continuum Studio in Santa Monica.  Free parking available in parking lot.
MAPs 1 Class


Class Structure

MAPs classes meets weekly for two hours per week for six weeks. Students will complete daily home practice meditation assignments starting at five minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes daily by the end of the course. Students will receive a complimentary Home Practice CD and a copy of the book Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan Smalley, PhD. and Diana Winston

Students will learn Mindful concepts that include:

  • Overview of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the Body
  • Obstacles to Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain 
  • Working with Difficult Emotions
  • Cultivating Positive Emotions 
  • Working with Difficult Thoughts
  • Mindful Interactions

Students will also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so that the student can discover which practice is useful to them. Practices taught include:

  • Sitting meditation
  • Eating meditation
  • Daily life meditations 
  • Relational mindfulness

  • Walking meditation
  • Standing meditation
  • Movement meditation
  • Practices to develop positive emotions

MAPs 2
- Next Steps, Improve Your Meditation: Starting Nov 1 - Dec 13, Wednesday mornings, 10am-12noon, Unplug Meditation Studio, 12401 Wilshire Blvd.

Next Steps: Improve Your Meditation covers topics that can help you in each meditation.  Be able to build and sustain your meditation practice.  Work with topics like:

- Improving concentration
- Balancing effort
- Mindfulness of the mind
- Mindfulness in your life
- Using wisdom to improve your practice

MAPs 2 Class

   $200 Standard fee

   $165 Senior 65+/UCLA staff

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