Mindfulness

Be in the present moment

Mindfulness practice helps people relax, focus and breathe, which calms the mind and body. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) training has been studied scientifically and found to improve physical symptoms (such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath and insomnia) and to decrease emotional and psychological distress (such as anxiety and depression). Brain MRIs before and after an eight-week course show growth of temporal lobe areas (memory, emotional stability) and shrinkage of the amygdala (anxiety, anger, fear).

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, a physicist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, first developed the program in 1979. The course is now offered by medical centers, healthcare organizations and other sites around the world. Mindfulness was the topic explored by Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 MinutesNational Public Radio did a story on how mindfulness can beat painkillers for treating chronic low back pain.

FREE SESSIONS

Half-hour mindfulness sittings are held weekly for the public and HOV staff. All are welcome. No fee and no registration, just drop in!

Hospice of the Valley

1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014
Board Room Tuesdays, 12–12:30 p.m.
Contact: Gill Hamilton

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Phoenix Art Museum

Library or outdoor Sculpture Garden, depending on weather.
1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Thursdays, 12–12:30 p.m.
Contact: Kathy Melamed

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REGISTER FOR A MINDFULNESS CLASS SERIES

Mindfulness class series are held at various locations Valley wide once a week for six or eight weeks. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. If you have questions please contact us or call (602) 636-5334.

Unless otherwise noted, cost is $150 per person; $25 for HOV staff, volunteers, and family caregivers. Discounted classes available.

For the public

Saturdays, April 8–May 20
9:30–noon
(Except Saturday May 13
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.)
Gardiner Home Education Center
1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix, 85021

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Meet the teachers
Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD

Gillian Hamilton is a physician with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She serves as Hospice of the Valley’s administrative medical director and is a CFM Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner.

 

Maribeth Gallagher, DNP

Maribeth Gallagher is a doctor of nursing practice and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She directs Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program. She is a CFM Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and practitioner.

Kathy Melamed, LCSW

Kathy Melamed is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical communication director for Hospice of the Valley. She is a Mindfulness teacher.

 

Here’s what people say:

“Mindfulness-based practice has been transformative for so many of our patients. It helps us respond to the inevitability of suffering and stay present with moment-to-moment experiences. By offering these courses, Hospice of the Valley is doing such important work.”

—Cynthia M. Stonnington, MD
The Mayo Clinic, Phoenix

“This class has helped me to be more present in the moment and enjoy life. I do not dwell on the stressors of work until the moment I have to, as a result, I enjoy my job again. Overall, I feel less stressed and anxious. Mindful meditation will be part of my life, for the rest of my life.”

—A physician participant

“I suffer from anxiety and found this class to be life-changing in such positive ways. I find myself much more able to flow through my days with significantly less stress and much more awareness of my body and my mind, thus diminishing my stress in a way I did not think possible. ”

—A participant