“Be a light unto yourself; betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone besides yourselves.” — Gautama Buddha

White Cloud Meditation Center is a Humanist practice community. Our focus is on the learning and practice of meditation and mindfulness. The word “humanist” is used to highlight the importance of the practice of meditation itself, outside of and sometimes in addition to individual beliefs, religions, or lack of beliefs and religion. The practice of meditation and mindfulness can benefit those of any belief or religion.

Mindfulness is the English translation of sati. Sati is a Pali word (the original tongue of Gautama Buddha’s time) meaning awareness, attention and remembering (Germer, 2013).

Kabat-Zinn (2013) defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (p. xxvii). Later he adds “with a little kindness” (p. xli).  Boorstein (1996) defines mindfulness meditation as an attempt to “cultivate composure with a wide focus of attention on all current experience, internal and external. An attempt is made to be aware of all changing physical sensations, mental states, thoughts, and perceptions while maintaining a nonreactive attitude toward them” (p. 347).

There is a considerable body of research looking at the effects of mindfulness and meditation on a range of difficulties including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addiction, chronic pain, trauma, and even schizophrenia (e.g., Brewer, 2013; Briere, 2013; Johnson et al., 2009; Kabat-Zinn, 2013; Lord, 2013; Marzabadi & Hashem Zadeh, 2014; Pedulla, 2013; Roemer & Orsillo, 2013; Siegel, 2013; Zylowska, 2012).

The intention of WCMC is to give a space for the cultivation of mindfulness and meditation. This cultivation allows for personal awakening and optimization of the individuals relationship with their own life and understanding of that life.

Anyone of any belief or religion is welcome to attend.

If you  would like meditation instruction before coming please feel free to contact me, Joseph Garcia, at whitecloudzen@gmail.com or call or text 757-503-7917 to schedule an appointment for private or group instruction.

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Boorstein, S. (1996). Clinical aspects of meditation. In B. W. Scotton, A. B. Chinen, & J. R. Battista (Eds.), Textbook of transpersonal psychiatry and psychology (pp. 344-354). New York, NY: Basic Books.

Brewer, J. A. (2013). Breaking the addiction loop. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.), Mindfulness in psychotherapy (pp. 225-238). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Briere, J. (2013). Mindfulness, insight and trauma therapy. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.), Mindfulness in psychotherapy (pp. 208-224). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Germer, C. K. (2013). Mindfulness: What is it? What does it Matter? In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.), Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (2 ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Johnson, Penn, D. L., Fredrickson, B. L., Meyer, P. S., Kring, A. M., & Brantley, M. (2009). Loving-kindness meditation to enhance recovery from negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65(5), 499-509.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. New Yor, NY: Bantam Books.

Lord, S. A. (2013). Meditative dialogue: Cultivating compassion and empathy with survivors of complex childhood trauma. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(9), 997-1014. doi:10.1080/10926771.2013.834018

Marzabadi, E. A., & Hashem Zadeh, S. M. (2014). The effectiveness of mindfulness training in improving the quality of life of the war victims with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Iranian Journal of Psychiatry, 9(4), 228-236.

Pedulla, T. (2013). Depression: Finding a way in, finding a way out. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.), Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (2nd ed., pp. 148-166). New York: The Guiford Press.

Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2013). Anxiety: Accepting what comes and doing what matters. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.), Mindfulness and psychotherapy (pp. 167-183). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Siegel, R. D. (2013). Psychophysiological disorders: Embracing pain. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.), Mindfulness and psychotherapy (pp. 184-207). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Zylowska, L. (2012). The mindfulness prescription for adult ADHD. Boston: Trumpeter.


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