Mindfulness in Art & Nature

This blog contains reflections on mindful practices while engaged in art-making or in nature.

Class Offerings

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I am now offering classes in Mindfulness & Awareness Meditation.

These 1-hour sessions include light stretching, a body scan, and guided meditation.  We will be standing briefly and sitting in chairs for most of the session. Yoga pads are not needed.  Other topics that may be covered include mindful walking, mindful eating and mindful relationships.

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally, in the present moment. While mindfulness brings a sharp focus, awareness sees the whole picture.  Awareness centers us by allowing us to step back and observe each thought, emotion, and physical stimulus without letting any or all of them take over our consciousness.  Awareness helps us discover how the conscious being within each of us is aware of who we really are.

Pete Cormier, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor at Lesley University and Worcester State University.  He teaches courses in community arts, nonprofit marketing, philanthropy and donor engagement.  Pete has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and mindfulness for 6 years.  He has attended a 5-day Mindfulness Tools training course offered by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical Center and has volunteered as a technical assistant in their lab.  He also has a certificate in mindfulness from Cape Cod Community College.

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Image Credit: Doug Neill
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