Mindfulness helps us relax, settle into our bodies, and gain the clarity and stability necessary for healthy choices. Yet it can go further, inviting us to engage our deepest values and connect with life’s inherent joy, until we remain connected even during pain and hardship. Taught by a long-term meditator who is also a retired surgeon, this class uses a biological perspective to help us harvest the full bounty of wisdom, stability, and joy that mindfulness promises. Using basic information about human biology, we grow in capacity to explore the spacious, peaceful, and supportive qualities of bodily experience. At the same time, compassion and tenderness help us meet difficulties and discomforts with grace. Class activities include brief talks about the body, guided meditation, silent sitting, and group discussion. Whether your mindfulness practice is just starting or has been ongoing for years, this class will help you grow more at ease in your body and your life.