Since January, 2014, a group of neighbors has been meeting at Meditate Seattle’s Montlake studio, on Thursday mornings, for a simple 30 minute group meditation. Participants sit with eyes closed and focus on their breath, or silently repeat a simple phrase. Repeatedly bringing the attention back to a specific focus creates new neural pathways in the brain, and trains your brain to pay attention.
There are now multitudes of studies showing the physical and psychological benefits of regular meditation. New research is detailing how beneficial this practice is to the brain.
Mary Davis, Family Nurse Practitioner and co-owner of Meditate Seattle, has just completed training in the Mindfulness for Children Curriculum. The two main benefits for children, documented by research, are improved attention and improved emotional regulation. Children learn simple techniques to pay attention to the present moment. Each week they learn a new skill from focusing on breath to kindness in relationships.
Meditate Seattle is excited to announce the addition of several new groups starting October 9:
- For adults, a second Meditation/ Mindfulness group will be added on Thursday evenings at 6PM for 30 minutes.
- Mindfulness for Children, Elementary school age, Thursdays 4 PM, for 15 minutes
- Mindfulness for Children, Middle school age, Thursdays 4:30 PM, for 15 minutes
As with the regular morning group, there is no charge for participation in these groups and no experience is required. Parents will be asked to attend with their Elementary school age children. Middle school age students may attend alone. Each class is about 15 minutes long.
Mary is also offering a 3 hour Health and Happiness Class on Saturday morning, October 4 from 9AM to noon. This class covers the latest research and practices to decrease stress, improve health and increase the happiness you experience in your life. The class includes instruction in a basic meditation practice. Cost for the class is $50 per person.
If you have any questions regarding any of the groups or the class, please feel free to contact Mary Davis.
Mary Davis, MS Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
Meditate Seattle Studio
2145 Boyer Ave East
corner of 18th E and Boyer E
(206) 679 9620