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This is an experiential workshop series that introduces participants to meditation techniques and practices to decrease stress and increase self-awareness, focus, and compassion. This workshop, led by Associate Dean Tirien Steinbach and Stanford Law’s dedicated CAPS Psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Chaney, will focus on disrupting stress and the harm caused by cultural bias (both from others and our own) in, what many experience as, our increasingly divided and disconnected society. Over six weeks, this workshop will introduce participants to meditation techniques and guest teachers, with a focus on cultural awareness and responsiveness.
Meditation is a simple practice of focusing attention. While the benefits of meditation have been understood for centuries, recent studies in neuroscience and psychology suggest that regular practice increases the ability to concentrate, enhances perceptual acuity and resolution, and increases one’s ability to make empathic connections and be present with challenging situations. Meditation can also reduce stress, increase immune response, and increase positive emotions. All of these qualities are also necessary for cultural responsiveness and healing our cultural divides.
The Meditation for Liberation workshop series is open to individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, religious affiliations, career aspirations, and levels of skepticism. The program is designed for those with no meditation experience and each session will include talks, meditation instructions and practice, and discussions. Participants are asked to plan to attend all six sessions, however, we encourage you to apply even if you will need to miss one or more sessions (and to note any planned absences in your application).