Reap the benefits.
The retreat setting is a special opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice and allow the time needed to open up the intuitive side of the mind to promote positive neural changes in the brain. These include:
- Concentration: Paying undivided attention to breathing in the present moment provides the necessary medium for plasticity to take effect in the mind so that beneficial neural changes can occur.
- Mind training: In neuroscience the axiom is “neurons that fire together wire together.” Consciously directing the mind back to the breath when it wanders away during meditation makes a person more capable of changing his or her brain’s responses instead of merely reacting unconsciously to stimuli.
- Rewards: Reaping the benefits of relaxation, joy, bliss, and peaceful feelings in meditation is the necessary positive reinforcement needed to secrete hormones that biochemically seal the desired changes to become effective.
Easy does it.The January mindfulness meditation retreats are offered in two convenient Portland area locations. It’s simple to join in. See registration information below. Remember to bring lunch and snacks. Questions about retreats? E-mail: surja101gmail.com.
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way
2nd Floor Santiam Room, Lake Oswego 97034
Cost: $30 Lake Oswego residents,
Registration: Use course #1328365 to register online at www.lakeoswegoparks.org or by calling (503) 697-2549.
West LinnDate: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Place: Sunset Fire Hall, 2215 Long Street, West Linn, OR 97068
Cost: $25 West Linn residents, $30 non-residents
Registration: Call West Linn Parks and Recreation at (503) 557-4700 or go online to www.westlinnoregon.gov. Use course # (TBD) when you register.