Meditation and Reflective Journaling Class
Are you currently facing a challenge in your life? Do you wish you could change your relationship with stress? This six-session course is designed to create ease around physical and emotional challenges through meditation and journaling. Topics that will be covered include: mindfulness, kindness, compassion, gratitude and trust. Each class will include guided meditation and exploration through free writing on a given prompt based on the week's theme. Classes will have a maximum of 10 participants and no prior meditation or writing experience is necessary.
Where: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Red Room, Bldg 1, 2nd Floor
3200 Kearney St.
Fremont, CA 94538
When: 6 Tuesdays from 6-8pm
Feb 23 - Mar 29, 2016
Class size is limited to 10. To register please call (650) 853-2960 or click here.
Facilitator: Kaveri Patel, DO
"It's a gentle introduction to meditation with the facilitator's own guided meditations (which she also gives you on a CD). The writing piece is based on a poem and a prompt given in class and doesn't require any previous writing skills. The facilitator, Kaveri Patel, is a kind and supportive woman. I'd recommend this class."
"This class brings self awareness and deep insight into the human challenges we personally face. I experienced great emotional and spiritual healing. The meditations and poems paired up with the writing exercises are like the like the lighter fuel that helps to start the process of introspection."
"A great discussion group and way to explore different types of meditation - very supportive and peaceful!"
"Kaveri is the strength of the class leading the meditations with great knowledge and insight into the writer's perspective. Excellent awareness and feedback. The poems are beautifully and thoughtfully provided as a lead into the writing."
"If you are looking for a safe place to explore and enhance your understanding this is the place to do it. Kaveri uses both meditation and writing to help you dig a little deeper into self, the world and the yet unexplored."
"Even the most cynical, dry-witted skeptic will get something out of this class. The format and process involved force you to shed that outer shell (and mine was/is really thick and hard) and gives you the space and a safe environment to get to the root of challenges/issues in your life. The meditations and poems that led into the journaling provided the path to contemplate and write about things we might not tell any other person. The stories may have been different between the participants but with each new meditation, we all found an amazing amount of commonality in the themes that pervaded all of our stories. I personally felt a great sense of peace knowing that I had others silently standing with me on my journey."
"I would encourage anyone to take this Class. It is a great introduction to mindfulness and mediation in a safe undemanding environment."
"I loved this class. I learned ways to truly bring meditation into my life without self-criticism about doing it “right”. This opened my eyes to new ways of coping with the stress of a sudden and serious family health concern. Combining guided meditation exercises with writing exercises was perfect for me as a writer, but this led to insights for fellow students too. Dr. Patel was a fabulous teacher – a kind and gracious person, intelligent and knowledgeable teacher. And our class of 8 bonded tightly and quickly, which was an unexpected delight for all of us. I highly recommend this class! I hope I can work with Dr. Patel again someday myself."
"Even if you don’t face any challenge in your life, I recommend this class. This will definitely make a positive effect on the way you look at life."
"If you are looking for a mechanism of self-exploration while experiencing the comfort of group support, this class gives you the tools to begin contemplating some of life’s most complex concepts in a simple way. While your experience and ideas are unique, sharing the learning process of this transformative form of writing with others feels empowering, unifying and kind."
"I would tell someone who is considering this class to definitely take it! This class includes a lot of exercises and ideas that you can carry with you throughout your life to have a more positive/mindful/meaningful existence. For example, the self-compassion exercise (that focuses on 3 things you can say to yourself in stressful situations) was particularly impactful and has provided me with a way to successfully navigate difficult situations. Through this class, you will learn that it is your approach to challenges that really shapes who you are and that the kinder you are to yourself, the better equipped you will be to overcome those challenges."
"We all encounter challenges in our lives and we all have our own unique ways of dealing with the stress, but if you ever begin to feel that your method has been doing more harm than good, take this class! Dr. Patel was wonderful in her guidance and instruction. She is the reason this course turned out so successful for me – the structure, confidence, and comfort she provided really helped me to explore and welcome two methods of mindfulness that were completely new to me; reflective writing and meditation."
"An outstanding class where you learn about various tools to help you not only cope with your life but move to the ability to thrive. The facilitator is excellent, balancing the needs of each student in the small group setting. Everyone always felt safe in our class and 1:1 discussions, and never felt pressure to contribute if they didn’t feel comfortable to do so. Truly one of the best personal development classes I have ever taken. Thank you!!!!!!!"
"I enjoyed the format of the class. A brief discussion, the meditation, followed by writing/journaling and discussion again. In my experience, it has helped me to put down on paper thoughts, feelings and beliefs I was aware I had but were constrained and clouded even from my own view. The writing after the meditation based on a topic(example poetry) used for reflections of ones own self helped the thoughts flow on paper smoothly and clearly through the pen."