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Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) Overview

 

Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature educational programs of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. These six-week class series are open to the public and to all UCLA staff, faculty, and students. The classes lay 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 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 20-30 students. Students report that the group support was one of the most helpful and inspiring aspects of the class. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

 

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 can listen to recorded guided meditations for home prace and receive a copy of the book Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan Smalley, PhD. and Diana Winston.

 

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
 

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