The present moment is where we meet God. In this workshop, we will explore ways we can live more aware of God’s Presence with us. This will be an experiential learning experience. Plan to come to spend time with God. You can think of this as a mini-retreat. It is fine to attend if you have come to a prior workshop too. Each experience of the practices is new.
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, nonjudgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives us valuable information we can use to live better. Living mindfully allows us to live more connected with God and to more effectively do what He created each of us specifically to do.
In this workshop, you will be introduced to mindfulness practices you can incorporate into your life. The workshop will be three hours long followed by lunch, which is included. You can stay and spend time on the grounds afterward, reflecting on the morning’s experience.
Wear comfortable clothing. If you have one, please bring a yoga mat or something soft to lay on, a cushion or pillow to sit on, and a journal or paper. Please note, however, that it is not necessary to lay down or sit on the floor to participate. You may want to bring a blanket or shawl. Guided by Heather Alexander, MD, FAAP.
Heather Alexander, M.D., FAAP, has a passion for encouraging and empowering people to live well through being more present to their lives and living with more compassion. She sees this as her way of contributing peace to our world that is so in need of healing. Dr. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She currently practices in Columbia, MD. She has trained with the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine Center for Mindfulness, started by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is a Qualified MBSR Instructor. Dr. Alexander has also trained with the Mindful Schools program to teach mindfulness to children.