Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for Daily Living is a six-week UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center program led by Nicholas Bruss.
The 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 30 students.
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.
What to Expect
You will learn fundamental mindfulness concepts including:
- 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
You 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
This six-week class series is open to the public. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.