We will emphasize mindfulness (a focus on now) with some interest in meditation (a focus on breath.) Mindfulness meditation opens a door to greater appreciation of life in the moment. It can be helpful for really tasting your dessert, for accepting yourself as you are, and for living with sadness and worry. Or for getting to sleep.
Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.
10:00 Guided sit
10:30 Welcome, plan for the day
11:00 Mindful stretching
11:15 Guided meditation. A simple meditation of noticing breath and thoughts
11:30 Mindful walking, an easy way to include meditation in your day
11:45 Guided meditation, Breath and Feelings
12:00 Discussion of mindful eating, preparation for lunch and outdoor mindfulness
12:30 Lunch in silence, intending to be mindful
1:30 Reconvene, sitting meditation
2:00 Stretching. walking
2:15 Guided sit- Learning compassion through meditation
2:30 A meditation on your thoughts and feelings today
2:45 Sharing about our experiences
You are invited to go outside for lunch, weather permitting, otherwise we can eat in our meeting room. You can bring lunch, or buy it locally.
Donald Fleck, MBA, LCSW, DCSW, earned his degrees at Duke, Columbia and Fordham universities. He trained at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (1995-2006), working as Intern, Psychotherapist, and Supervisor. Donald was awarded the Diplomate in Clincal Social Work by the National Association of Clinical Social Workers in 2007.
Donald has been practicing meditation for 30 years, beginning with trainings by Jack Kornfield and Thich Nhat Hanh, and moving towards a medical practice of mindfulness based on studies with Tara Brach, Zindel Segal, and Susan Woods. Donald completed both the foundation training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (2008) and the advanced Teacher Training Intensive (2011). His experiential training was with MBSR facilitator Elaine Retholtz (2009). He is an active participant in Rock Blossom Sangha, and maintains a daily meditation and mindfulness practice.
Donald introduced mindfulness into his psychotherapy practice in 1996 as part of a treatment for panic disorder, and continues to explore additional ways it can supplement traditional therapies, or even be a focus of therapy. Donald has taught workshops on both Mindfulness and Acceptance for the National Association of Social Workers in New York City, and leads a learning group for psychotherapists interested in using mindfulness in their practices.