Meditation has been shown to have numerous benefits, including reducing stress, anxiety, pain, blood pressure, stroke and heart attack risk, age-related brain deterioration and more. It has also been shown to increase emotional regulation, resilience, self-control, memory and learning.

We offer seated meditation classes which elicit the relaxation response through relaxed, focused breathing. We also offer moving meditation classes such as Tai Chi, which increase mental and physical awareness and energy while also being deeply relaxing.

The Mindfulness Initiative

The Mindfulness Initiative offers a variety of programming on mindfulness practices as well as how to apply the principles of mindfulness to everyday life. Whether you’re new to mindfulness practices, want to learn new practices, or want to be a part of a program and community that supports an ongoing mindfulness practice, the Mindfulness Initiative has something for you!

Evidence-Based Benefits of Mindfulness:

  • Decrease Stress
  • Improve Resilience
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Decrease Physical and Mental Pain
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Decrease Severity of Symptoms
  • Increase Emotional Regulation
  • Improve Immunity
  • Help Treat Depression and Anxiety
  • Slow Age-Related Brain Deterioration
  • Help Prevent and Slow the Progression of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Improve Self-Control, Memory, Learning, Creativity and more! 

Monthly Mindfulness Meditation Course

The Monthly Mindfulness Meditation Course offers a variety of different types of meditation practices. Some practices offered are detailed below.

Focused Awareness Meditation strengthens the ability to maintain awareness of the present moment by focusing on a specific object. This is the core of all Mindfulness Meditation practices. Learn to let go of external and internal distractions, improve focus, reduce stress, fall asleep more easily, and learn to find calm even in stressful situations.

Open Awareness Meditation trains present-moment awareness of internal and external experiences as they arise. We develop the ability to shape our responses to experiences rather than react habitually. Benefits include improved resilience, decreased pain, a less-reactive stress response, increased emotional regulation and more.

Loving Kindness Meditation seeks to balance the mind’s negativity balance through the intentional cultivation of good will toward ourselves and others. Benefits include decreased mental and physical pain; increased sense of wellbeing, social connection, and resiliency; improved immune response; and reduced unconscious biases.

A variety of other practices, such as Moving Meditations, Body Scans, and Visualization Meditations, are also practiced as ways to improve wellbeing, integrate mind/body connection and more.

Each Monthly Meditation Course runs from the first to the last day of each month.

Participants are encouraged to attend at least 2 classes per week, but you are invited to attend as many as you want! No need to attend the same class each week. The course is designed to be flexible – go to whichever classes fit your schedule week-to-week.

Each class includes a guided meditation as well as discussion and tips for practice. Participants are supported with optional guided meditations for at-home use as well as additional resources for those interested in exploring the practice outside of class. 

Buy your Monthly Meditation Pass online here or at the Courtesy Desk . Fees will not be prorated at any time. No refunds after the 7th of each month.

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Meet our Certified Meditation Instructors

Our meditation courses are taught by a variety of instructors, participants are encouraged to take classes with multiple instructors, if possible. Instructors may be substituted without notice.

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Other Mindfulness Initiative Programming

Coming soon! As part of the Mindfulness Initiative, Galter LifeCenter will be offering special classes on how to apply mindfulness to everyday activities like eating or going for a walk, using the breath to calm anxiety and stress and more!

For questions regarding this course, or to be contacted when registration opens, email Kayla Kulans at

773-878-9936, ext. 5660 

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