Join us on Wednesday nights for meditation and conversation about mindfulness. Learn how to bring mindfulness and compassion into daily life, and how to establish, maintain, and deepen a personal mindfulness practice.
Each gathering will consist of instruction in different forms of mindfulness meditation and time for group discussion and connecting with the community. Depending on the week, the teacher may give a talk or share a reading about a related topic.
All gatherings are drop-in, but RSVP on MeetUp is helpful. We also ask for $5-$10 at the door to cover meetup dues and support the teachers and the Astoria First Presbyterian Church for use of the space. Note that no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. If you cannot afford the suggested donation, please give from the heart what you are able.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment with a kind attitude so that we can respond skillfully and with awareness. When we practice mindfulness meditation, this is what we cultivate. Practicing mindfulness meditation typically consists of bringing one’s attention to the sensation of the breath or other prominent sensations in one’s environment, such as sounds or physical sensations. This type of meditation can be practiced while sitting, standing, lying down, walking, or in other daily activities.
Derived from Buddhist practices, and popularized in America over the past few decades, mindfulness meditation has been shown to provide many benefits including stress reduction, emotional regulation, pain management, improved concentration, increased calm, increased self compassion and compassion for others & more. When practiced in a group setting, meditation practice can take on an additional communal meaning, and lends to strengthening one’s sense of connection with others, as we wake up together in community and bring our practice into our engagement with the world.
Founder and Guiding Teacher
About Emily Herzlin
Emily began practicing mindfulness meditation in 2003 to help her cope with chronic illness. Since that time Emily trained to become a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher with UMass Medical School, has graduated from the Interdependence Project (IDP) Yearlong Immersion and Instructor Training Program and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program. She has taught mindfulness meditation throughout the NYC area.
Currently Emily works as a Mind-Body Instructor at Weill-Cornell Medicine. As a trained meditation instructor, she is committed to bringing mindfulness and meditation to her local community of Astoria and Queens, NY.
For Emily’s full biography and blog, please visit www.emilyherzlin.com.