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“Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) I” for Daily Living

(a UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center program led by Career Coach, Daisy Swan)

dreamstime_s_33895172The MAPs I course is an excellent introduction to mindfulness for beginners. MAPs 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.

Each class is a dynamic, interactive 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 students. Daisy Swan will be leading this class series; she has years of personal experience practicing mindfulness, and teaching it.

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.

Class participants 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

Participants will also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so you can discover which practice is most useful to you. Practices taught include:

  • Sitting meditation
  • Eating meditation
  • Daily life meditations
  • Relational mindfulness
  • Walking meditation
  • Standing meditation
  • Movement meditation
  • Practices to develop positive emotions

These six-week class series’ are open to the public and to all UCLA staff, faculty, and students. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

Dates / Time: Tuesdays, 7 – 9PM; Beginning Nov 1, 2016 (skipping Nov 8th – election night), for 6 weeks.  (Finishing Dec 13th)

Location: Vistamar School, 737 Hawaii Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 (Room # TBA; Plenty of free parking at the school.)

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Quick Start Job Search Program

Class starts Weds., November 2nd, for four (4) weeks

jobsearchGot the Sunday night blues? Ready to get that next job? Believing nothing happens in hiring at the end of the year? This is NOT true! Hiring is always happening! And it’s easier to do a job search with a group of people who are going through the same thing. Let’s energize you to get your job search happening NOW!

I see it time and again, men and women of all ages come to enjoy (unbelievable, right?) the process of getting clarity about what job they’re looking for, and then figuring out how to go about finding it.

Meet, network and learn with other interesting people in fields you may be looking to transition into!

This fast-paced class includes:

Exercises and discussion to help you gain clarity about what you want now

Résumé and cover letter development

Essential “marketing” tactics to put you in front of the employers you’re most interested in

How to’s to hone your networking via LinkedIn and other social media

Review and discussion of your personal Strengths Finder 2.0 Report and how to maximize on your strengths in work and job search.

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator and full Career Report is available for those who have not already taken this assessment for additional $50 fee. This assessment is valuable to better understand your ‘good fit’ career options, vocabulary that helps you to discuss your strengths and best ways of working.

Limited to 10 people

7:30-9 Weds. nights Nov.2- Nov. 23rd

$189 early bird by Oct. 26th

$225 after

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