September 21, 2017
Begin your weekend with an adventure into awareness through percussion. The first of the Center for Contemplative Studies' free "Friday Café" series of explorations into contemplative practices is this Friday, Sept. 22.
It begins at 2 p.m. with an open house at the center (Ehinger Annex, 700 South Church Street) that includes free pizza and refreshments. Then, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., find out how music can enhance a mindfulness practice. Alumnus music educator and composer Sean Kennedy '95, M'01 will help participants explore deep listening, opening up to the ways that sound influences bodies, minds, and emotions. A drummer and percussionist, Kennedy is secondary level band director in Upper Dublin School District, marching band director at Wissahickon High School, and an adjunct music theory and percussion instructor at Montgomery County Community College.
These late afternoon programs offer a different way to socialize and could enhance the way participants connect with others by encouraging them to be more present in their social interactions, says center co-director Donald McCown. "Attending a musical performance or a reading brings about a more thoughtful entry to the weekend."
Two other Friday Café events are planned. In the spirit of Halloween, "Facing Fear" on Oct. 27 will feature themed readings about mindfully meeting your fears. On Nov. 17, reflect on "American Contemplatives and Impact of Living." Both will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with refreshments.
"We're focusing on the arts and sciences in contemplative studies" this fall, says McCown, who is also an associate professor of health and director of the minor in contemplative studies.
The Friday Café series is free and open to the public. Keep up with the Center for Contemplative Studies on social media.