Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times: Every Thursday at lunchtime at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, several dozen people turn off their cellphones and take seats in the bright pink chairs of the Billy Wilder Theater.
They come to spend half an hour with Diana Winston, a former Buddhist nun and one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness meditation. The lights go down, and Winston takes a seat in an office chair and speaks quietly into a microphone.
Occasionally she is accompanied by a guest playing about 20 Tibetan bells, the haunting, wave-like sounds enhancing her voice, which is so soothing it’s as if …
About 40 people sat calmly with their eyes closed, letting their thoughts drift and their minds settle on the present moment.
In a quiet, steady voice, Diana Winston guided the group into a mode of relaxation.
“Try to soften your stomach,” Winston, director of mindfulness education at the Mindful Awareness Research Center, gently instructed them.
The communal meditation initiated an event about the relationship between creativity, the brain and mental awareness in the Neuroscience Research Building auditorium on Saturday.
“Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Creativity: An Interactive Exploration” was the first workshop of the summer and cost $50 to participate. In addition to classes and daylong programs, a full mindfulness course is also being offered through the … Read more »
Costa Contra Times: On a typical school day, Camilla Danpour rises at 5 a.m., turns on soothing music and perches on the edge of her bed.
For five minutes, an eternity to some teens, she sits in a trancelike state, staring dead-ahead at a digital clock.
And she does nothing.
At least that’s how it appears from the outside. Truth is, there’s a lot bouncing around on the inside. And the Walnut Creek teen runs a mental squeegee over those thoughts, meditating to wipe away life’s pressures.
Succeeding at that goal can be a killer. Her mind is wired to race through the day.
The lineup starts early and ends late, with a full slate … Read more »