Mindfulness Meditation Neuroscience, Traditions, and Practices, and What Does It Matter to Me?

Neuroscience, Traditions, and Practices…and What Does it Matter to Me?

Cliff Tennison, M.D.

Course Dates and Times: Mondays April 15, 22, and May 6,13; 1-3pm

$20 payable at Welcome Center or at Class

Location: Yacht Club Gallery

Don’t miss this very special opportunity to learn and practice methods of mindfulness meditations technique beneficial to mental and physical well-being.

Tellico Village University is honored to bring this four part series by Cliff Tennison M.D. to Village residents and neighbors.

Consider this program a can’t miss opportunity to invest in yourself!  Here is what Dr. Tennison plans to offer.

What are the benefits of mindfulness meditation?  Research in the medical community observes many physical benefits, including decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and cortisol release, as well as improvements in the relaxation response, settling of the fight/flight/freeze reaction, and increases in immune response, planning and decision- making, and attention control.


Psychological benefits are myriad – enhancing mood stability, creativity, tolerance of uncertainty, resilience and autonomy, “space” between stimulus and response, empathic resonance, and moral initiative related to a sense of connectedness. Mindfulness meditation may also reduce loneliness in older adults.


There are more obvious benefits in behavior, such as decreases in craving/clinging/grasping, sensation-seeking and addiction, criminal recidivism, social inadequacy and hostility, and increases in coping skills, sociability, satisfaction with one’s performance, end of life processing and support, and improvements in relationships.


Part 1:     An overview of the neuroscience and efficacy both in medicine and personal well-being.  Including a review the extensive literature and the mainstreaming of mindfulness in the West.

Part 2.     Research evidence on mental and physical disorders and populations treated with mindfulness practices

Part 3.     Wisdom traditions, categories of mindfulness practice, and personal self-care.Can the Western cultures really make effective use of these Eastern spiritual traditions?

Part 4.     Practicing mindfulness : formats, scripts, phone apps, and supportive information


Dr, Tennison is a semi-retired psychiatrist, having spent 35 years with the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, as Medical Director, then VP and Chief Clinical Officer.  His professional curriculum vitae cites numerous items that all attest to his medical credentials and his commitment to finding ways to help people.   He has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1971.