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
Palo Alto Center, Jamplis Building
3rd Floor, Administrative Conference Room
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
When: 6 Mondays from 6-8pm
April 13 - May 19 , 2015
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."