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Meditation & Mindfulness

Healthy You Programs



The health benefits of meditation are widely known:  lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, relaxed body, calm mind, improved focus.  The terms “meditation” and “mindfulness” are often used interchangeably.  Both involve the practice of uncritically focusing your attention on one thing at a time.

The reason these practices are important is that the pace and the demands of our high tech, multi-tasking, work-focused society regularly activate the body’s stress response and  keep us in over-drive much of the time—with and without our awareness.



The Museum as a Contemplative Space

Practicing mindfulness expands awareness and openness to new ideas and perspectives in all settings. This program explores the basic principles of mindfulness while harnessing the restorative power of art. Turning inward to pay attention to senses, body, and breath, participants will learn meditative ways to view and interact with art by honing in on the power of color and form featured in the paintings by contemporary Chinese artist, Cao Jun. Registration required.

Location: Galleries of the McMullen Museum of Art

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm

Each group is limited to 12 participants. Please register for Group A or Group B.

Group A: Wednesday, March 7, Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9.

Group B: Mondays, March 12, 19, 26.



Open-Ended Weekly Meditation Groups

Sessions will run weekly from January 9, 2018 - May 23, 2018.

These groups provide basic instruction and regular opportunity to practice meditation/mindfulness. Participants benefit from insight and support to establish a home practice.  Participants are not required to attend every session. Register by contacting Pat Touzin at x2-3340 or

  • Tuesdays, Chestnut Hill Lower Campus, 12 - 1 p.m. | Lyons 201E, Bluhm Library
  • Wednesdays, Brighton Campus, 12 - 1 p.m. | Ryan Room, Theology and Ministry Library, 117 Lake Street
  • Wednesdays, Newton Campus, 12:30 - 1 p.m. | Law Library



Yoga-Nidra - Restorative Guided Meditation

Session I: Wednesday, February 7 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Conte Forum Media Suite (located on the first level of the south side of Conte)
Session II: Wednesday, March 7 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Conte Forum Media Suite (located on the first level of the south side of Conte)

Give yourself permission to rest and restore. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra has the power to transform you at core levels. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations. It suspends us in the space between wakefulness and sleep, (a place we naturally visit before we fall asleep.) It is in this state we are most receptive and open to complete relaxation. This meditation will begin with breath work and gentle seated stretches to prepare you for deep relaxation.

This inspired, meditative practice requires nothing of you but to close your eyes and listen.

Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra ® has been used to successfully aid insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and many other issues.
Instructor: Jennifer Cataldo, E-RYT & Reiki Master/Teacher

Registration required, space is limited. Participants may sign up for one session only.