Cynthia G.

"I'm SO glad we had Heather as our guide and teacher. Now I practice with much more ease and a true desire to meditate - not just because it's supposed to be good for me but because I want to."

UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Practices MAPS I and MAPS II 

This course will be taught by Heather Prete, UCLA Mindfulness Certification graduate and MAPS teacher. These six week classes are open to the public. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and up. MAPs classes meet weekly for two (2) hours per week for six (6) weeks. Participants 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. Participants will also receive a complimentary Home Practice CD and a copy of the book “Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness” by Susan Smalley, PhD. and Diana Winston. ​​Heather currently teaches three of these courses: MAPS level I course and two complementary sections of MAPS II, Self Compassion and Positive emotions. Please see below for class descriptions, schedule and regsitration.

 

 

Class Descriptions

MAPS I

An excellent introduction to mindfulness for beginners and those who would like to expand their understanding and practice..MAPS 1 provides insight into the basics of mindfulness, how to develop a mindfulness meditation practice, and how mindfulness can be applied in daily life. It is also appropriate for an experienced practitioner who wishes to revitalize his/her practice. MAPS I Class Participants will learn mindful concepts that include: Overview of mindfulness​, Working with difficult emotions, Mindfulness of the Body, Cultivating positive emotion, Obstacles to mindfulness, Working with difficult thoughts, Mindfulness to help with physical pain, Mindful interactions

NEXT SESSION:

MAY 2017

MAPS II: Cultivating Positive Emotions

​In this follow up class to MAPs I, we will learn how to cultivate loving kindness, compassion,equanimity, joy, gratitude, and forgiveness. This is a helpful expansion to your mindfulness practice.We will learn new meditations to develop these qualities, tools to work with when we find them ourselves stuck and not feeling positive emotions, and practical exercises to incorporate them into our daily life. This is a helpful expansion to our basic mindfulness practice.

Pre-requisite: Attendance in any introductory MAPs I series or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from our instructor. If you have not taken a MAPs I class at MARC, please email us a brief description of you equivalent experience to marcinfo@ucla.edu before class start date.

 

NEXT SESSION (MAPS II)

March 21st-April 25th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: The Den

360 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036

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MAPS II: Cultivating Self-Compassion

Many of us struggle with issues of self-judgment and self-criticism. People of all ages suffer from painful thoughts such as, “I’m not good enough,” “I messed that up again,” and “I hate my body.” Although these thoughts may feel overwhelming and intractable, we can learn how to work with and lessen them. Science has shown that you can actually change your brain through mindfulness and the cultivation of positive emotional states.

In this class, we will explore mindfulness practices to work with self-critical thoughts, and self-compassion practices to nurture kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. This class will include sitting and walking mindfulness and kindness meditations, periods of silence, personal exploration, and discussion to help cultivate and encourage more self-compassion. The material in this class is very powerful. We encourage you to have a consistent daily meditation practice before attending this class.

Pre-requisite: Attendance in any introductory MAPs I series or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from our instructor. If you have not taken a MAPs I class at MARC, please email us a brief description of you equivalent experience to marcinfo@ucla.edu before class start date.

NEXT SESSION:TBA