November 17, 2017—November 19, 2017
Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford: Being Mindful: Enriching Your Everyday Life
Being Mindful: Enriching Your Everyday Life
The benefits of a mindfulness practice are not usually experienced while we’re sitting on a meditation cushion, but rather in the ordinary moments that make up our everyday lives: speaking with a family member, waiting in line at the grocery store, during a meeting at the office, or playing in a sports competition. After we’ve been practicing awhile, we might discover that we’re kinder to strangers, gentler with ourselves after making a mistake, or more committed to our most deeply held values.
In other words, our mindfulness practice is not about perfecting our ability to meditate, but rather about reconnecting with our best selves. Join Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford in discovering a mix of mindfulness and compassion practices that will help us on this journey of bringing the benefits of mindfulness into our everyday lives.
Some of the questions that we will explore during this retreat:
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release, Real Love. Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. For more information, visit www.SharonSalzberg.com.
George Mumford’s deeply moving personal story is unforgettable. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The medications that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years of making meditation on and off the cushion the center of his life and getting clean, Mumford enrolled in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and collaborated with him to create the Inner-City Stress Reduction Clinic in the early nineties. When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993, the team was in crisis. Coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, contacted Dr. Kabat-Zinn to find someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team—someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. Kabat-Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began. Mumford has worked with Jackson and many of the teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and athletes in many different sports. He currently works with Jackson’s New York Knicks. Learn more at www.mindfulathlete.org.
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