Bringing Mindfulness Into Everyday Life

Monday, May 22
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square (near 19th and Locust Sts.)
FREE and open to the public

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Mindfulness meditation has proven health and mental benefits, but how do we take those benefits off the cushion and into the rest of our life? This program will explore practical ways to remain mindful and at peace in day to day life, in relationships with others, and even in traffic! We’ll share mindfulness practices as well as perspectives on the specific benefits of mindfulness in day to day life.

Come learn more about the practical benefits of mindfulness!

About the Facilitator
Annalisa Rakugo Castaldo is associate professor of English and core faculty in Gender Women and Sexuality Studies at Widener University. She has practiced Zen Buddhism for eleven years, the last six with Jules Shuzen Harris at Soji Zen Center in Lansdowne, PA. Annalisa enjoys sharing with others ways to use mindfulness and meditation skills in the course of everyday life.

Exhibition: Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

Penn Museum – University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology

Considers What is at Stake When Cultural Heritage is Destroyed in War-torn Region – Press Release

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What is really at stake? Why does it matter? What is the human story that accompanies this unprecedented loss? And what is being done to prevent further loss of the material culture, vast human history, and diverse cultural identities in the region of the world long known as the “cradle of civilization”?


Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, a new special exhibition, considers these questions. Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the exhibition explores the rich cultural heritage, human diversity, and achievements—as well as the movements and displacements of people and objects caught in the crossfire—through more than 50 objects from the Museum’s exceptional Near East and Mediterranean collections.

The exhibition surveys the cultural diversity of the region through the millennia, where Arabs, Kurds, Arameans, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Turkmens, Sunnis, Shias, Druze, Ismailis, Christians, Jews, and Yazidis are among the many peoples with unique histories and claims for the preservation of their heritage.