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We have a fine and invigorating set of mindfulness meditation classes to choose from this Spring, featuring our all-new Mindful Fitness class taught by fitness trainer and veteran Zen meditator Gentoku McCree. Our wonderful MBSR and Intro to Mindfulness classes are also once again available. Go to our website classes page to register!
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This 8-week class was originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn and is supported by 30 years of research. Mindfulness is a way to bring vibrancy to our lives. MBSR can also be a powerful adjunct to therapy or medical treatment, and has proven beneficial for chronic pain, various health conditions, or just simply “living the full catastrophe.”
Orientation: (free, required for MBSR) Wednesday April 10th
$350 by April 12th, $400 after April 13th
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
This four-week class is perfect for absolute beginners, or a wonderful refresher, even if you have a longstanding mindfulness meditation practice. We will explore many tools of mindfulness.
Mondays April 1, 8, 15, 22
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: PMT staff, TBA.
$100 early registration, $120 after March 25th
Mindful Fitness - New Class!
All diets and exercise plans work for a little while, because they all have one thing in common. They make us pay attention. But most diets and exercise plans fail because they don’t focus on the fundamental factor of awareness. The purpose of this class is to support deep and fundamental transformation. You will learn what it takes to shed this heavy skin you’ve been wearing and become more of who you already are, but with more ease, peace, and joy.
Thursdays April 4, 11, 18, 25
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Gentoku McCree
$100 early registration, $120 after March 29th
By popular demand, a regular opportunity to come practice the tools of mindfulness. This is a wonderful way to support an ongoing (but maybe flagging) home practice. Of course, we are all beginners, so everyone is welcome.
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Are you a perfectionist like me? Does it bug the stuffing out of you sometimes? Join me in an exploration of this Human tendency and we’ll learn some ways of responding skillfully to our perfectionistic mind using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Oh, by the way I am Joe Rhinewine, PhD, psychologist and director of Portland Mindfulness Therapy.
The legal bit: You can and probably should try these things I suggest in this video at home, and they may be helpful skills to learn and apply in life. HOWEVER, this instructional video is meant as educational and entertaining; it is not intended to serve as treatment for any psychological or psychiatric condition. This video cannot serve as a substitute for appropriate treatment of any such conditions, any more than will it teach you how properly to balance a spoon on your nose. You are on your own for that.
What is it that observes thoughts, feelings, sense impressions, memories, and any other “content” of our experience? That would be the Self-As-Context, or “Observer Self,” the 4th mindfulness process in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In this video Joe Rhinewine, PhD, director of Portland Mindfulness Therapy concludes his video series introducing various concepts in ACT. He invites commentary and questions from any and all who have been so kind as to watch his videos.
Despite his humorless appearance in the thumbnail, Joe Rhinewine continues to attempt to amuse and entertain as he educates about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, specifically here the process known as “Defusion,” through which one reduces the impact that unwanted thoughts have on our behavior. This video may be used for self-help but is not to be considered a substitute for any needed professional help. For that, you need a live therapist, not a video.