Moments of Mindfulness at the Boulder JCC

Have you noticed that everyone is talking about mindfulness? So, what is mindfulness? Simply put, mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you’re doing and being aware of the thoughts and feelings and bodily sensations that arise along the way. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you’re mindful, you’re taking your time. You’re focusing in a relaxed, easy way. When it comes to being mindful, you can start by focusing on your breathing, or on your movement, and it can apply to life experiences like aging and dating.

This fall the Boulder JCC is offering a number of programs that offer the opportunity to explore and cultivate mindfulness in our daily lives. Here is a list of programs to consider. Some are daily opportunities, others are weekly and a few happen just once, so take a look and see if you find something that captures your attention. More information and registration for all of these programs can be found on the Boulder JCC website.

Daily Virtual Meditation

Monday – Friday
9 – 9:30 am | FREE

The Boulder JCC offers a daily virtual meditation sit for those who seek calm, community and comfort to cope with life’s daily challenges. These 30-minute Zoom sessions consist of several minutes of guidance and teaching, 18 minutes of silence, and end with several minutes of optional sharing, a prayer for healing, and reciting of the Kaddish prayer. Whether you are a long-time meditator or new to meditation, all are welcome to come once to check it out or come daily or weekly and become a regular in our evolving community.

In-Person Morning Meditation

Thursdays, September 1 – 29
9 – 9:30 am | FREE

Join us on Thursday mornings for In-Person Morning Meditation at the Boulder JCC. Enjoy the benefits of connection and community when we gather to practice with a short teaching, 18 minutes of silent mindfulness, and finish with reciting Kaddish. These drop-in sessions will be facilitated by Lori Dube, a certified Jewish Mindfulness Meditation facilitator. Whether you are a long-time meditator or new to meditation, all are welcome to join once to check it out or weekly and become a regular in our evolving community.

Morning of Mindfulness

Friday, August 26
9 – 11 am | FREE

Join us at the Boulder JCC to help mindfully prepare for the High Holidays. There will be opportunities for silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, learning, and connecting with each other at this outdoor gathering. All are welcome — those with established meditation practices and those who are new to mindfulness, or just Jewish-meditation curious.

Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit
Thursdays, September 1 – 29
10 – 11:30 am | $118

This 5-week program invites women ages 60 years and older to explore the opportunities and challenges we face as we transition through the ‘third act of life.’ Together we will use mindfulness practices, journaling, meditation, art expression, study, and personal sharing as tools for connecting to ourselves and others. The group will be co-facilitated by Lori Dube and Rabbi Eva Sax-Boulder.

Mindful Dating: Making a Love Connection Later in Life
Thursday, September 1
5 – 6 pm |FREE

Are you looking for a mindful way to see the dating experience as an opportunity for connection rather than a challenge to be met, or a problem to be solved? Then join us as we take a closer look at the common barriers we construct, instead of the bridges we need, to open to the possibility of new connections and relationships. This class is open to everyone ages 55+, including all sexual orientations and gender expression. This session will be facilitated by Lori Dube, a certified Life Coach, and an Institute for Jewish Spirituality-certified Jewish Mindfulness Meditation teacher. 

Tai Chi Beginner Session
Thursdays, September 8 – October 13
10 – 11 am | $72

This weekly beginner Tai Chi class will encourage students to practice the slow movements that work to develop strong bones and equilibrium, stimulate memory, and generate a feeling of confidence and relaxation.  Instructor Jaqui Gee will help you find your balance as you learn to relax completely through the breath work, and strength gained from Tai Chi.

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