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Mindfulness: Generosity

Tuesday, Apr 30

12:00 PM–12:45 PM


Mindfulness meditation is a way of giving “kind attention” to our experience in the here and now. As these sessions introduce you to a variety of meditation techniques and breathing practices we will also be making connections to themes in our current exhibitions. The 20 minute guided meditation is followed by sharing and instructor feedback.

During April we will explore generosity and being kind to oneself in connection with the exhibition Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It. Smith is particularly interested in acts that involve historical speculation and radical generosity, and thus offer antidotes to a perceived, pervasive hopelessness across American society.

Doors open at 11:45 am. All participants are invited to check in at our Welcome Desk. Mindfulness @ ICA is sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Art and the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, both at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Instructor Kirk Warren Brown is an Associate Professor of Psychology at VCU with interest in the study of consciousness and its role in human functioning. For more than 12 years he has conducted research on mindfulness and taught the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. He is co-founder of the Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group.