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Mindfulness Meditation for our Modern Times

A Beginner’s Guide

In our modern times, we are constantly being asked to perform and to be productive while uncertainty of the future grows. As the world develops faster, we are shifting into a society centered around technology with new devices that keep us immersed in screens while the instability of climate change and political unrest becomes greater. We inevitably feel a continuous anxiety and the pressure to keep up with modern life, which causes us to lose an innate state of our being— a state of being that cultivates resiliency, peacefulness, and contentment in our daily lives.

Along with the advent of modern technology, the increase in chronic disease continues to rise—which is directly related to our health and well-being. Scientific studies show that a growing number of people suffer from chronic stress and depression, which greatly reduces quality of life and lifespan. Developing a mindfulness meditation practice helps center us in the wisdom and compassion of our true nature, which can reduce the risk of chronic disease and suffering— building a foundation of resiliency and allowing us to thrive.

In this short introductory course, Mindfulness Meditation for our Modern Times: A Beginner’s Guide led by Miho Watanabe, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and how it can help you find stillness and peace even in moments of unease or distraction. You will learn how to direct your attention in a deliberate manner to focus on the present experience of your body, mind, emotions, and world around you. You will gain practical tools to start a mindfulness meditation practice of your own.

Mindfulness Meditation for our Modern Times: A Beginner’s Guide is a 4 week course that will take place every Saturday at 9:30-10:30am at Plantae + Fungi starting 3/23/24 until 4/13/24.

This entire 4-week series is $20.

  • 1st Class: March 23rd, 2024 @ 9:30am – 10:30am
  • 2nd Class: March 30th, 2024 @ 9:30am – 10:30am
  • 3rd Class: April 6th, 2024 @ 9:30am – 10:30am
  • 4th Class: April 13th, 2024 @ 9:30am – 10:30am

Visit EventBrite to purchase your ticket today!

Please email for financial assistance for this course. Our hope is to make this class accessible to all.

Meet Your TeacherMiho Watanabe, teacher of Blind Flower Experience | Winter Solstice 2023

Miho Watanabe

Yoga and particularly meditation profoundly changed my life and the way I perceive myself and the world around me which is why I am passionate about sharing it with others especially those new to the practice or those who think it’s not for them. In life, it’s easy to get caught in our day to day activities with mindless habitual actions, and through a gentle and inviting approach, I aim to bring us all back to our true nature of loving and kind awareness living our lives more fully.

I completed my 200-hour YTT certificate in 2016 at Smiling Dog Yoga in San Luis Obispo, and am currently studying to get my Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification through Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s 2 year program.

My classes combine restorative yoga, sometimes yin yoga, with breath practices and soothing guided meditation. Sometimes my classes only involve meditation rooted in vipassana and an inquiry of the self. I invite you to explore what’s possible and pursue what you feel called to join. I look forward to meeting you!

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