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Meditation

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

Mindfulness-based meditation practices are mental exercises that have been shown to have numerous benefits for mental and physical health and wellbeing. These mental exercises strengthen the mind’s ability to respond wisely rather than react habitually to thoughts, emotions, physiological experiences, as well as whatever life and the outside world bring our way.

The Mindfulness Meditation Initiative exposes participants to a variety of evidence-based mindfulness meditation practices. Participants sign up on a month-by-month basis. This program is great for beginners, experienced meditators interested in learning new practices, as well as anyone who finds practicing in a communal setting with regular classes beneficial to maintenance of a consistent practice.

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 Immune Response
  • 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! 


Meditation Practices

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

The Mindfulness Meditation Initiative incorporates a variety of evidence-based meditation practices. Detailed examples of some of these practices include:

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.

Body Scans and Moving Meditations open awareness to experiences of the physical body in stillness and as it moves through space. These practices have numerous benefits including integrating the mind/body connection, decreasing perceived severity of pain, facilitating sleep and enabling us to more proactively counter the effects of stress through awareness.

Program Structure
Sign up for The Mindfulness Meditation Initiative on a month-by-month basis. Each monthly meditation pass is for one calendar-month of classes, from the first to the last day of each month. Classes are offered on a weekly basis. Participants are able to attend as many classes as they would like, and they are encouraged to attend at least two classes per week.

No need to attend the same classes each week. This program is designed to be flexible. Attend whichever classes fit your schedule week-to-week.

Participants with an email on file will also receive weekly emails with links to guided meditations for at-home use, additional tips for practice, articles for further reading, and more.

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Fees and Sign-Up
Members: $37; Nonmembers: $47

Each monthly meditation pass is for a calendar month, covering classes from the first to the last day of each month. Price is not prorated at any time.

Buy a monthly pass online here or through the Courtesy Desk at 773-878-9936, ext 5660.

Meet our Meditation Instructors

Classes are taught by Galter LifeCenter Meditation Instructors who have a variety of meditation experience, knowledge and backgrounds.

Ami I

Ami I.
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Kayla
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Lin S.
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Melissa S.
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For questions regarding this course, or to be contacted when registration opens, email Kayla Kulans at kkulans@SwedishCovenant.org



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