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2013 Meditation Course for Staff and Faculty

The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior cordially invites all UC Irvine faculty and staff to register for a new seven-week meditation course offered at the main campus Interfaith Center, Building 319 (see the UC Irvine Campus Map). Course sessions will take place Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., starting Aug. 27 through Oct. 8. This course is free to faculty and staff but donations to support the Interfaith Center are appreciated. If space permits, family members will be welcome to participate.

Meditation is practiced by millions of people worldwide, and research demonstrates meditation's multiple physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits. Psychological benefits include greater happiness and well-being, increased academic performance and creativity, as well as enhanced relationship sensitivity and satisfaction. Therapeutic uses include treatment of stress-related disorders and psychosomatic problems such as pain and high blood pressure. Meditation is widely used by individuals seeking physical, psychological and spiritual well-being, and in medical and mental health clinics.

This course will introduce several popular meditation practices, and allow participants to begin or deepen their own practice. In order to gain the greatest benefit, participants should commit to 20 minutes of regular practice each day during the course.

Instructor Roger Walsh MD, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and a long-term practitioner, researcher and teacher of meditation. His related publications include the article "Lifestyle and Mental Health" and the books Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision and Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices.

If you would like to participate, please email Bonnie L'Allier at brlallie@uci.edu and type "Meditation Course" in the subject line.