Mindfulness and the Art of Emotional Maintenance

Day/time/start date: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM, starting 6/20/2024

Description: The term mindfulness is everywhere nowadays. But what does it even mean? In this group, we will explore what it means to be mindful. We will learn skills to cultivate increased awareness of our senses and the nature of the mind. Through this unreactive, curious awareness we can begin to unhook and manage thoughts, emotions, and experiences, rather than thoughts, emotions, and experiences controlling us.


Suggested donation per session: $10 (No one is turned away due to lack of funds)

Facilitators: Mario de la VegaCo-facilitator: Dan Duane

For more info or to RSVP contactgroups@liberationinstitute.org

Mario de la Vega
After more than 20-years working in film and the digital content space for global media companies, Mario pivoted careers to pursue work that is more aligned with his values of service, empathy, and, ultimately, peace. His longtime interest in psychology and positive behavior change inspired him to pursue becoming a marriage and family therapist. He is currently an MFT trainee at the Liberation Institute, a volunteer suicide crisis counselor, and will soon begin an internship at the Felton Institute working with individuals experiencing early psychosis. Mario is also a student of the Dharma and has cultivated a dedicated mindfulness practice rooted in a philosophy that explores the nature of the mind. Encouraged by his Dharma teacher, Allan Lokos, founding guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center on the Upper West Side of NYC, Mario leads a sangha in his living room that is freely offered to all members of his community. 

Mario is supervised by Paul Allen Jr, LMFT 121687

Daniel Duane
Daniel Duane is the author of many books, including the surf memoir Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast. He has written journalism for the New York Times and many other publications and holds a PhD in American Literature. Duane is currently a psychotherapist in training with the Liberation Institute. He is a longtime mindfulness practitioner and student of Buddhist dharma. 
Daniel is supervised by Toni M. Schrader, LPCC #7498