Coping with Life’s Changes and Challenges Through Mindfulness

Instructor Larry Yang will lead the all-day retreat on Nov. 21

By Elaine Regus

Larry Yang

Larry Yang

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – Mindfulness meditation is more than just stopping to smell the roses.

Mindfulness techniques focus on living in the moment, being aware of one’s thoughts, emotions, sensations and surroundings, and being non-judgmental.

“As we pay attention to ourselves we are actually offering ourselves that sense of love and belonging that often we seek externally,” said Larry Yang, mindfulness instructor. “This is where the unconditional regard for ourselves in order to offer that kind of unconditional regard to others is so valuable.”

Yang will lead “A Day of Mindfulness The Tenderness of Life: Aging and Change” retreat offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in conjunction with UCR Extension on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UCR Extension Center,1200 University Ave.

Cost is $55 for the general public, $25 for Osher members with ID and $15 for university students with ID.

Mindfulness, which has its roots in Buddhist meditation, has been shown to have numerous physical and mental benefits including stress reduction and pain management.

Yang discovered mindfulness nearly 30 years ago when he was looking for ways to cope with the physical and psychological stress of alcohol and drug addiction recovery.

He has spent extensive time in Burma and Thailand, and a six-month period of ordination as a Buddhist monk. Yang is on the Teacher’s Council and the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County and teaches at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland and the Insight Community of the Desert in Palm Springs.

Even though the retreat’s title deals with aging, Yang said his presentation will focus on how mindfulness allows individuals to be tender with all stages of life including the aging process.

“Mindfulness encourages us to live every moment of our lives including our last,” Yang said.  “It’s living the full potential of our lives even as we go into a phase of life where we may feel more restricted or limited, but the awareness is not restricted or limited and our capacity to live a full life is not restricted or limited.”

The daylong retreat will feature experiential practice, instruction and group discussions. Participants will engage in various exercises including walking meditation where they focus on their body’s movements with each step, and eating meditation where they employ the senses of sight, touch, smell and taste.

To reserve a seat call (951) 827-4105 or go to and click on the A Day of Mindfulness link.

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