Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature educational programs of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. This class will lay the foundation for you to understand the basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and then help you apply the principles in your daily life.

Cultivating Positive Emotions – MAPS II emphasizes heart-based qualities that complement mindfulness and can be cultivated through meditation practices. You will explore how to develop greater loving kindness, compassion, equanimity (even-mindedness), joy, generosity, and gratitude. Pre-requisite: MAPS I or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from the instructor.

Many of us struggle with issues of self-judgement and self-criticism. People of all ages suffer from painful thoughts such as, “I’m not good enough,” “I messed that up again,” and “I hate my body.” Although these thoughts may feel overwhelming and intractable, we can learn how to work with and lessen them. Science has shown that you can actually change your brain through mindfulness and the cultivation of positive emotional states.