Mindful awareness can be defined as paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Join Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, as she provides an introduction to the practice as well as a short guided meditation.
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PLEASE NOTE: This program is not meant to serve as a clinical evaluation for any specific individual. We instead would like to present ways of thinking about mental health and well-being specific to actors and performers.
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) www.uclahealth.org/marc. She is the author The Little Book of Being and the co-author, with Susan Smalley, PhD, of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. Called by the LA Times “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness,” she has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and schools in the US and Asia. A sought-after speaker, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, Women’s Health, and in a variety of magazines, books, and journals. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma. More recently, Diana’s meditations were featured on the California governor's COVID-19 Response website. She can be found at www.dianawinston.com and on the UCLA Mindful, Waking Up, and Ten Percent Happier Apps.