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