Gena Bean, Director of Mindful Boston

Gena Bean, Director of Mindful Boston

Intro

In 2010, Gena Bean founded Mindful Boston to be a place for embodied practice, a “home base” for those who feel strung out from chasing after the externals. Gena is the lead teacher for Mindful Boston, in charge of curriculum development and teachers’ competency.

Her classes include:

  • Embodied Mindfulness

  • Various formats for meditation

  • Theories of oppositional stress and dynamic tension

Meditation history and Lineages

In 1986, the first time Gena meditated was a creative visualization within a new age context. Her first decade of practice was an erratic come-and-go love affair that included many lineages.

Gena’s second decade of practice was spent mainly at Kripalu Yoga Center in Western Massachusetts. The lineage of teaching included Sudha Lundeen’s live teaching within the Kripalu lineage which has roots in Hinduism.

Gena’s third decade of practice was focused on the MBSR program. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This lineage of teaching included Jon Kabat-Zinn’s live teaching within the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. The MBSR program has roots in Buddhism and the Hippocratic Oath.

Concurrent with the overlapping and continued studies of Kripalu Yoga and MBSR, there are other strong influences. The most influential have been:

  • The live teaching of Stephen Jenkinson, within the lineage of Brother Blue’s street ministry.

  • The live teaching of Bernie Glassman within the lineage of the Zen Peacemakers Buddhist order. In pop culture, you might have heard of Bernie because he was influential for Jeff Bridge’s “Dude” in The Big Lebowski.

  • The live teachings of Susan Parenti and Patch Adams within the lineage of medical clowning. In pop culture, Patch was the inspiration for Robin William’s 1998 movie called Patch Adams.

As Gena is now entering her fourth decade of practice, Mindful Boston and the Mindful Apocalypse are becoming doorways opening to new redefinitions of the meanings of learning, failure, and success.