Dec 13, 2019, 12PM–1PM

Mindfulness at the Museum with Sandi Herman

Sandi Herman

Colored People Time: Banal Presents features the work of artist Carolyn Lazard whose practice examines how chronic illness reveals the sources of the body’s vulnerabilities as well as its essential strength. In the essay The World Unknown (Triple Canopy, 2019) Lazard writes, “My body is a compass. It’s made of stars. It’s the interlocutor between me and the world.”

How is the body like a compass? How might mindful attention to the body help to orient and guide us? As we practice mindfulness through sitting, standing, and walking, we may become more aware of the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that come and go with each passing moment. Cultivating this kind of awareness may locate us in the present and perhaps open us to new directions.

Participation is free and open to all. Prior meditation experience and special clothing is not required.


Sandi is a Philadelphia-based health educator, who has developed expertise in holistic approaches to stress reduction. For many years, she worked as a women’s health care advocate and educator, as well as an AIDS activist. Since 2007, she has facilitated workshops on stress reduction, mindfulness, and self-care for University of Pennsylvania students and staff. These workshops encourage participants to consciously experience the present moment with kindness and compassion for themselves and others. Sandi began practicing meditation in 1987, and has studied many mind/body practices, including mindfulness, yoga, qi gong, and reiki.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.


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