Join MWR on Thursday, September 16th, 2021 from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM EST for the Lunch & Learn Presentation: Introduction to Mindfulness.
The concept of being “mindful” seems to be the latest buzz. What is it? Is it just a fad, or something with real meaning and application for our lives? Studies have shown that we spend so little time in the present moment. One study showed that people spend 47% of their time lost in their thoughts, which are mostly unpleasant! It seems that we are happiest when we are focused on what we are doing: a conversation with a friend, a sport, or even day-to-day tasks. Many religious traditions also teach that happiness is found by living in the present moment.
Meditation is one way we can train our brain to wander less into thoughts about the past or future and stay more focused on the present. This class is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, started by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. We will review some of the science around mindfulness and meditation and do some brief guided practices. The workshop is facilitated by Marti Peters-Sparling, MD.
Dr Marti Peters-Sparling Bio:
Marti Peters-Sparling, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with 15 years of experience. She did her undergraduate work at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she graduated summa cum laude, medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, residency at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital (now Beaumont), in Wayne, MI, and she has been living in Kalamazoo for 10 years now. Recently, Marti has completed the first step in teacher training for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through Beaumont Center for Mindfulness and Brown University. A Michigander by birth, but a world traveler at heart she feels healthcare is a journey, and seeks to meet her patients wherever they are, without judgement or bias. Her interests include meditation, mindfulness, pottery, and gardening, as well spending time with her 2 beautiful young boys and husband.
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September 16, 2021 | 11:30am-12:00pm |