Mindfulness

We are so pleased to share with you news of our collaboration with the Department of Spiritual Care and Mindfulness in making available to you, several different types of mindfulness programs!

In addition to the formal classes described below, no registration needed, half-hour, bi-weekly, drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions are available!  At EMCP these take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 12:00-12:30 pm at the Department of Spiritual Care and Mindfulness, Moss-Sley basement.  At EMC-EP they are the first and third Wednesdays of each month, in the Chapel on the second floor.  If you'd like to be on the mailing list for "day of" reminders, please e-mail RomanoLa@einstein.edu and just ask to be added to the list!

Currently, different types of mindfulness programs and presentations are being scheduled for departments and units upon request and per availability.  For more information, please call Laura Romano at 215-456-9799.

The "Intro to Mindfulness" class is how you can find out why mindfulness has been on the cover of both Time and Scientific American magazines, and has been covered in medical journals, newspapers, blogs, etc.  This 45 minute class will discuss what mindfulness is and isn't; give an overview of what the scientific research says about the stress reduction and health benefits of mindfulness; give you a chance to try out a brief mindfulness practice (we sit on regular chairs for this!); and time for Q&A and learning about other available programs.  Please go to HealthStream to see the choices and dates and times for this class, or call 215-456-3996.  You may register at anytime.

"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)" is an 8 week program.  EMCM - Tuesday mornings, July 9 - August 27, most classes 9:30am - 12:00pm (exact schedule sent upon registration) plus one "Day of Mindfulness Retreat" from 9:30am-3:30pm on Saturday, August 17.  Scientific research shows that mindfulness can help with any of the below:

  • You suspect (or know!) the quality of your life suffers because your mind is so often worrying about the future or re-hashing conversations or events of the past;
  • You react in ways you wish you didn't, either at home or work or both;
  • You struggle with anxiety or depression or the natural fears related to a difficult diagnosis;
  • You struggle with physical health concerns, especially (but not limited to) high blood pressure, irritable bowel, chronic pain, insomnia, diabetes management;
  • You KNOW what to do to eat right, sleep better, and exercise, but you just can't seem to apply that knowledge to yourself;
  • You simply want more times of feeling centered, content or enthusiastic about life.

Registration deadline is Monday, June 24.  10% Early Bird Discount if you register by Friday, June 7.  When you register, a brief orientation meeting with the instructor will be scheduled so you can learn a little more about the program and ensure that it's the right fit for you.  This program generally has a wait list, as it's open to outpatients and community members as well as employees.  Please consider registering early.  Sliding scale fee is based on income; you choose according to a chart.  No paperwork is required.  Scholarships available; no one will be turned away due to lack of income.

"Mindfulness for Challenging Times" is a 6 week program.  Participants in this program will take an active role in learning evidence-based practices for new ways of responding to life's many challenges, whether the challenges are related to mind-racing, physical health issues, being overly reactive, concerns about loved ones, or just the craziness or busy-ness of the world we live in today. 

"Mindful Eating: Transforming Your Relationship to Food and Eating" is an 8-week program.  Do you know all too well that diets don't work (or only work temporarily) but feel at a loss for what to do now?  Or do you know all too well that feeling of enjoying your first couple bites of a meal or snack and then wondering where the heck the rest went?  Or how about just being tired of spending too much time or energy focused on how you look, your weight, what you should be eating or not eating, etc.?  This program was designed by an M.D. and a Social Worker after listening to thousands of people's experiences as well as seeing consensus in the medical literature that diets don't work.  Instead of focusing on diet or weight, "Mindful Eating" will explore why and how to apply mindfulness to eating; provide numerous guided mindful eating exercises, simple meditations, very gentle movement, and information and discussion.  It will lay down a path that if taken in small steps, can lead to the ability to make nourishing choices.  *Please note that this is not a nutrition education class.

Please register through HealthStream or EinsteinConnect.
For questions about these classes, contact Laura Romano at 215-456-9799 or RomanoLa@einstein.edu for more information!