Rebecca Eldridge

The Introduction to Mindfulness course is a gentle entry into the practice of mindfulness for accessing the deep wisdom, well-being, and wholeness that reside within you. Course consists of 3 classes and covers 3 meditation practices: sitting, walking, body scanning. Benefits of mindfulness meditation range from the physical, such as reduced symptoms of pain and lessened insomnia, to the emotional, such as increased confidence and joy. A body scan CD is provided for continued practice beyond the course. Everyone is welcome in this course.
Mindfulness
Mindfulness: the state of settled mind and body; a practice of living in the moment as it is, without judgment; a mind-body process for cultivating gentle self-awareness that can lead to more peace and less physical and emotional pain.
When you dwell in stillness, the judging mind can come through like a foghorn. 'I don't like the pain in my knee...This is boring...I like this feeling of stillness; I had a good meditation yesterday, but today I'm having a bad meditation...It's not working for me. I'm no good at this. I'm no good, period...' This type of thinking dominates the mind and weighs it down. It's like carrying around a suitcase full of rocks on your head. It feels good to put it down. Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as 'good' or 'bad.' This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Meditation means cultivating a non-judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may.

-Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Read a Daily Press article by Prue Salasky on the Intro to Mindfulness Class.
  • 2016 Intro to Mindfulness Schedule
    Each course meets once per week over 3 consecutive weeks (for example, 3 Sundays in a row). Click the Cost & Registration tab to reserve your spot.

    2016 Intro to Mindfulness Course Schedule

    Dates

    Time

    Location

    Saturdays:

    January 16
    January 23
    January 30

    Noon-1:30PM

    Studio for the Healing Arts
    1611-D Colley Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23517

    See the "Course Locations" tab for directions to this location.
    Sundays:

    January 17
    January 24
    January 31

    1:45-3:15PM

    Riverside Warwick Conference Center
    12420 Warwick Blvd., Bldg. 6
    Newport News, VA 23606

    See the "Course Locations" tab for directions to this location.
    Thursdays:

    April 14
    April 21
    April 28

    6-7:30PM

    The Laughing Buddha
    104 Bypass Road
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

    See the "Course Locations" tab for directions to this location.
  • Cost & Registration
    Cost is $85 for the course (3 classes). Course is limited to 16 students. You need not be affiliated with a particular health system to attend mindfulness programs there; they are open to the public, regardless of where they are held. 

    REFUND POLICY: You may receive a refund by notifying Rebecca by email or phone prior to the first class. No refunds will be granted once the course is underway.

    Note: Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to settle in. Dress comfortably, and please wear a watch.


    Click on the "Add to Cart" button to register for the
    Intro to Mindfulness Class
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    Riverside Warwick Conference Center
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    Click on the "Add to Cart" button to register for the
    Intro to Mindfulness Class
    at
    Studio for the Healing Arts
    (Norfolk)







    Click on the "Add to Cart" button to register for the
    Intro to Mindfulness Class
    at
    The Laughing Buddha
    (Williamsburg)






  • Course Locations

    Riverside Warwick Conference Center
    12420 Warwick Blvd., Bldg. 6
    Newport News, VA 23606

    Studio for the Healing Arts
    1611-D Colley Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23517

    The Laughing Buddha
    104 Bypass Road
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • Common Questions
    Click on any of the questions to reveal the answers:
    • What if I can't shut off my mind? [+]
      It’s impossible to shut off our minds, which is not what mindfulness practice is about. So I guarantee you that whenever you’re sitting with others who are practicing mindfulness, you’re sitting with people, including myself, who are also not shutting off their minds. In fact, we don’t practice to shut off our minds; we practice to experience our minds, so you’ll fit right in.
    • If we're not trying to shut off our minds, what are we trying to do? [+]
      In some ways, we're not trying to do anything, although mindfulness practice does provide a break for our minds from the “chatter” that is incessantly carried out. That means that we are developing a practice that allows the mental dialogues that we spin to release their hold on us (by mental dialogue I mean the commenting that our mind does silently, comments such as, “I know I’m going to be late. Why did I wear this? Is she looking at me funny? I’m hungry. That’s a pretty color for a house”). Just as our bodies perform better after rest, so do our minds.
    • What if I have pain when I sit?  [+]
      There’s no rule that says you have to sit down to practice. And you're welcome to take "stand up" breaks during class. Good posture is what is essential. We’ll talk more about this in class.
    • Is mindfulness a religious practice? [+]
      While mindfulness has been practiced in many different ways by people of different religions for thousands of years, mindfulness in and of itself (the state of living with awareness in the present moment) absolutely does not adhere to any particular religious doctrine. You practice simply to get to experience and know yourself, and to love and respect yourself, which is when we can truly love and respect others.
    • Should I take the introductory class or the 8-week MBSR intensive? [+]
      The intro is a stand-alone class designed to give you a feel for mindfulness. It meets 3 times for 1.5 hours each session. For the 2 weeks between classes, 10-15 minutes of daily practice is required. This course is for people who want to get a basic understanding of what the practice of mindfulness is about. 

      The introductory course is not a prerequisite for the 8-week MBSR intensive. The MBSR course is open to anyone who is up for a bigger challenge, and please don't be intimidated even if you have no idea what mindfulness is about—if you want to commit to the 8 weeks, do it. You will receive warm, intelligent, supportive instruction throughout; all materials will be provided (CDs and so on); and becoming part of a mindfulness community for 8 weeks will absolutely stretch you in ways that you can't know without just going for it. This course meets 8 times for 2.5 hours each session, and there is a 6-hour practice day on a Saturday. A commitment of 45 minutes-1 hour, 6 days of week is required. You can do this if you want to, it will most likely change your life, and I'll be there every step of the way.

      Whatever you decide, you must take this class only if you want to, not at the urging of someone else.