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Peace of mind for the whole family

July 06, 2017

Peace of mind for the whole family

Family-friendly mindfulness meditation scheduled at the Rothko Chapel, Wednesday, August 2

HOUSTON – July 6, 2017 – The Rothko Chapel has scheduled a mindfulness meditation tailored for parents and children.

The event is slated for noon on Wednesday, August 2 and will be led by licensed psychologist Anne Friedman, who will guide a meditation to help both adults and children to let go of unhelpful thoughts and pay attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity.

The program will include experiential exercises that children can do with their parents at home.

"We are told in school to pay attention. Yet, nobody ever teaches us how to do this,” Friedman said. “Like the adults around them, children's minds wander. Their thoughts often create anxiety. Learning mindfulness has been shown to help children focus their attention. It can decrease stress, anxiety and depression in both children and adults and create a sense of well-being.”

The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon in downtown Houston. The suggested contribution is $10.

The event is a continuation of Rothko Chapel’s educational meditation series, “12 Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions.”

Rothko Chapel public programs and community engagement director Ashley Clemmer said the series is designed to offer unique insight and new meditative practices for attendees, while celebrating the diversity of the world’s faith traditions.

“The 12 Moments series pairs the Rothko Chapel’s commitments to spirituality and diversity,” she said. “At noon on the first Wednesday of every month, we have a teacher from a different faith tradition who guides the community in meditation. It’s both educational and uplifting.”

During the months of July and August, the 12 Moments Series will be tailored toward families and children.

The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.

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About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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