Health and Well-Being

Mindfulness for Health and Well-being

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being (8 weeks)

This 8-week mindfulness course is focused specifically on improving your overall health and well-being. We’ll be covering simple and effective techniques drawn from the Zen tradition that help one to deal with stress and pain, improve concentration skills, and boost one’s overall health, energy, and vitality. This course is geared towards anyone interested in an introduction to mindfulness and meditation practice, and/or anyone looking for a way of dealing with stress-related problems, anxiety, depression, pain, difficulty sleeping or chronic-fatigue.

Next Health and Well-Being Course: January 11 – March 1, 2018 from 7-9pm (8 Thursdays)

REGISTER NOW: send an email to office@bluecliffzen.org (please enter the subject “8-Week Course”). You will receive registration details. Part of the LCC Continuing Education Program.


Details: Health and Well-Being Course

Dates: January 11 – March 1, 2018 from 7-9pm (8 Thursdays)

Place: Mudra Yoga Studio in Eugene

Cost: $195

Register: send an email to office@bluecliffzen.org (please enter the subject “8-Week Course”)

Questions: contact the above email or call 541-543-5049


About the Instructor: Health and Well-Being Course

a picture of Matt Shinkai Kane, Zen yoga and Zen meditation instructor in Eugene, Oregon - Blue Cliff Zen Center

Matt Shinkai Kane studied and taught Zen in Japan for over 7 years and is certified as a senior Zen teacher in the Hakuin-Inzan line of the Rinzai tradition. He has both taught and trained students to be Zen meditation and mindfulness teachers in the US, London, and in East Asia. One of his primary focuses is the on-going dialogue about how to be truly awake and alive in the busy modern world. More about Shinkai and Blue Cliff Zen Center here.


Topics: Health and Well-Being Course

Plan to meditate for 25-30 minutes each day!

Over the 8 weeks we’ll be exploring a variety of topics including:

  • Stress and time pressures

  • Physical pain

  • Difficult and strong emotions

  • Promoting good health, and taking care of yourself

  • How to live and function at an elevated level

The meditation techniques we cover include:

  • A Zen Body Scan

  • Counting the breath

  • Following the breath

  • Mindful movement including walking meditation

  • Incorporating presence and mindfulness in daily life

  • The practice of dwelling in the “un-born state”


 Feedback: Health and Well-Being Course

“The course served as an excellent start to making meditation and mindfulness a part of my life. It was truly a transformative experience for me” Seiko (Oct. 2012)

“My sleep quality improved over the course of the eight weeks and I feel more able to handle the irritation and stress that I have been feeling at work.” Hiroko (Nov. 2011).

“…a whole life tool for well-being was made available to students.” Naomi (March 2015).

“I felt calmer/less prone to quick emotions or actions. I felt more able to process things and let them slow down and go through me rather than hit fast and knock me down. [My] focus was improved, also my patience.” Madeline (June 2015)

“I thought it was extremely beneficial to my state of mind and helped me to maintain sanity during an extremely stressful time in my life.” Vicky (April, 2016)

[Any benefits?] “Yes! Enlivening, activating (spiritual(y)), discoveries and insights with each practice. I enjoyed and felt nourished by the group. Overall, increased awareness and equanimity, less stress and pain.” Julie (January, 2016)

“I really enjoyed the Zen meditation course. I have a better picture of where the weaknesses are in my practice and the steps I need to take to stay on course…I have found it to be immensely beneficial practicing with others in a group setting. Connor (Nov. 2014)

“I am calmer despite the hurricane around me. I never thought the time was right to begin a practice.” Leilani (Jan. 2016)

“My life is completely different than [it was] months ago. I feel unstoppable.” Jacob (Nov. 2014).

“It has been a great experience for us to be in [the] class. Thank you.” Barbara and Ross (Nov. 2014).

“[the course helped me] really get to know myself, be okay with who I am.” Katie (June 2015)

“Overall [this was] a very encouraging workshop and I hope to dive into a retreat and other group meditation [events].” Katherine (March 2015)

“…I have been practicing mindfulness in everything. It has had a profound effect, not only in how I live my life day-to-day, but how I consider the future. I am much less stressed and anxious because I know I don’t need to be and that I can pull myself out of those places…” Debra-Lynn (June, 2013)

“I was able to truly enjoy meditation in a new way, where in the past it felt more like drudgery.” Debbie (April, 2016)

“…good sequencing and building to more complex and subtle meditations. Helped people to be less fearful.” Ardas (April, 2016)

“I feel calmer and less stressed. I also feel as if my mind is more ordered, more in place.” Simrit (April, 2016)

“I liked the idea of planning where I go from here. I think I have realistic goals set to include meditation as part of my daily routine.” Carol (November, 2016)

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Previous Courses and Workshops

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (April 11-May 30, 2017)

Silver Falls Wellness Retreat (February 10-12, 2017)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (September 27-November 15, 2016)

Fall Mindfulness Workshops (October 29 and November 12, 2016)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (April 5 – May 24, 2016)

Spring Mindfulness Workshops (March 5, April 2, and April 9, 2016)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (January 12 – March 6, 2016)

Fall into Wellness Workshop at the City of Eugene (October 23, 2015)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (April 21 – June 9, 2015)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (September 28 – November 16, 2014)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (January 26 – March 16, 2014)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (May 30 – July 18, 2013)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (June 3 – July 22, 2012 in Japan)

Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Health and Well-Being Course (October 23 – December 11, 2011 in Japan)

 

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