Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? Has the stress of life made it difficult for you to enjoy your life the way you would like? Find out how mindfulness can help.

About mindfulness and our signature programs

Mindfulness is a universal human capacity to bring our full attention to the present moment with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and receptivity. It’s easy to be mindful. Anyone can do it! But it’s often hard to remember to be mindful!

By letting go of worries or preconceived notions, we can experience our lives with more awareness. Greater relaxation, ease and joyfulness are common effects. Recognizing our common humanity, graduates treat themselves and others with more compassion.

Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation or simply practicing paying attention, moment by moment with curiosity.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week group program that teaches participants to practice mindfulness. Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center 40 years ago and extensively researched, this work has generated a body of literature in both scientific and popular publications which describes its many benefits.

About half of every 2 ½ hour class is spent learning and practicing mindfulness meditation. The practices include learning to pay attention to breath or body sensations while the body is still or in motion. There is also discussion about learning to recognize how each of us experiences stress and the relationship of stress to illness and behavior. Participants learn about their own patterns of reactivity and how, with mindfulness, they might choose to respond. Classroom discussion includes:

  • How to cultivate awareness of physical sensations in the body
  • Meditation practices that improve focus and attention
  • How to recognize signs of stress and intervene earlier
  • How to change your relationship with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, or illness
  • Strategies to improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Practices to improve communication through deep listening and mindful speech
  • Relaxation techniques

The program also includes a ½ day retreat on a Saturday which is a wonderful opportunity to practice all that you have been learning.

Our classes are facilitated by two trained teachers who create a safe, cohesive environment, whether the class is conducted in person or online. The connection that occurs between participants and facilitators is one of the most valuable aspects of the experience.

“When I slow down, I realize how much beauty and sweetness I miss by rushing around. I can be more present to others and to my own experience. I actually feel more alive.”  - Program Participant

Everyone! Mindfulness has been shown to support health and well-being, facilitate coping, reduce burnout, and enhance communication to name a few of its most significant benefits. MBSR reduces the distress resulting from a wide variety of chronic medical and psychological conditions. People attend to seek relief from chronic pain, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure and headaches. Other reasons include anxiety, depression, or other stress symptoms.

Although children and teens can benefit greatly from mindfulness training, our program is designed for adults over 18 years of age.

There are some conditions which may make participation more difficult. For instance, if someone is severely ill, has recently lost a loved one, or has suffered severe trauma in the recent past, this group process may not be appropriate. Please attend an information session and discuss any concerns with your teacher.

Our Classes

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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Growing Resilience with Mindfulness

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Mindfulness on the Spot

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Upcoming Orientations

Support Our Work

The LVHN Center for Mindfulness benefits from generous donations so we can continue offering mindfulness to our colleagues and community. Funds go toward new programs, teacher training and scholarships to support those who need assistance with enrollment costs. We encourage you to donate.

Mindfulness Development Fund