Counseling Services has offered the Meditation Mob continuously since October 2014. We've had over 200 meetings, and we'd love to have you at the next one!
We're a drop-in mindfulness meditation group open to all Caltech students. No previous experience is required; we offer techniques that are appropriate for everyone from newbies to more experienced meditators. There's no religious component: We offer secular practices that are, whenever possible, based in research.
If you can't attend in person, we record each week's session and make it available as an MP3. You'll need Caltech IMSS credentials to log in. We're in the process of shifting the archive to this page, so keep checking back for additional past episodes.
What can you expect when you come?
- The first Tuesday of each month will be devoted to concentration practices - that is, focusing on a specific object of meditation and staying with it over time.
- The second Tuesday of each month will be focused on cultivating one of what we call the heart practices for ourselves and others. These practices include, but are not limited to, lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. If you tend to be self-critical, these practices can be a great way of learning a different way of relating to ourselves and others.
- The third Tuesday of each month will be devoted to open monitoring practice - that is, mindfulness with no specific object. This is usually what we mean by the term mindful awareness.
- The fourth Tuesday of each month will be focused on cultivating the heart practices for ourselves, with the exception of appreciative joy, which by definition is for others.
- If there's a fifth Tuesday in a month, it'll be dealer's choice...if we do something nontraditional or a little bit unusual, it'll be here.
The sessions are facilitated by Lee Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP. Dr. Coleman is an experienced meditator and meditation facilitator. In 2015, he completed the formal one-year Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He has also trained with Dr. Zindel Segal, one of the creators of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Coleman is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and has completed a total of 2 months of silent meditation retreats both in the US and internationally.