Natalie Bell       Mindful Wellness                       


                  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.  Registration policy

MAPs 1  "Mindful Awareness Practices": Starts July 9th!  Register here


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.

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: "Cultivating Positive Emotions"

This MAPs 2 class emphasizes heart-based qualities that complement mindfulness and can be cultivated through meditation practices. We will explore Loving Kindness, Compassion, Equanimity (even-mindedness), Joy, Generosity, and Gratitude.

We will learn new meditations to develop these qualities, tools to work with when we find
ourselves stuck and not feeling positive emotions, and practical exercises to incorporate them into our daily life. This is a helpful expansion to our basic mindfulness practice.

Attendance in any introductory MAPs I series or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from our instructor. If you have not taken a MAPs I class at MARC, please email us a brief description of your equivalent experience to before class start date   

MAPs 2  "Cultivating Positive Emotions": Next date TBA. 

Location: Unplug Meditation in West LA, 12401 Wilshire Blvd.  Parking available in parking lot or street parking.


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