The Science and Art of Meditation
What is meditation and why does it seem to help so many people cope with the hassles of daily life? We will begin to answer these questions by exploring some of the basic approaches to meditation, with a broad focus on the distinction between mindfulness and concentrative techniques. In the “art of meditation” part of the class, we will learn about breathing focused and “loving kindness” meditation. In the “science of meditation” portion, we will discuss some of the emerging literature on the positive psychological and physiological consequences of meditation. Throughout, we will focus on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction approach.
About the instructor: William Arsenio is professor of psychology in the Clinical Program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Dr. Arsenio was a preschool teacher for nearly a decade before receiving his PhD in child development from Stanford University. His research focuses on the relations between children’s social and emotional competence and on adolescents’ perceptions and moral evaluations of economic and societal inequalities. He is interested in how children and adults learn to regulate their mood states using empirically supported techniques from positive psychology, such as meditation, directed writing, and lifestyle modifications.
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