Our Mindfulness Meditation Group welcomes new members at all levels of experience. Learn the essential methods of mindfulness meditation; study the core teachings of the Buddha; enjoy interesting related discussions with the group.
This autumn we will hold a series of teachings and discussion that center around practicing mindfulness in an uncertain social, economic and environmental climate. How can mindfulness practices support us in sane, decent living in challenging times? How can mindfulness practices help us establish a strong peaceful heart from which to act, especially in confusing situations? Each week the teachings will focus on a theme. See additional information here.
The group meets weekly on Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30pm in the church parlor for a guided mindfulness meditation practice followed by teachings and discussion. All who are interested in practicing mindfulness are welcome to drop in and join us. The session are offered freely, and donations are accepted.
The group is facilitated by Éowyn Ahlstrom, LMT, RYT who is a faculty member at the Center for Mindfulness and often teaches yoga for silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society. She first encountered meditation and yoga more than twenty years ago and has been practicing avidly ever since. Éowyn has made mindfulness practice a central priority in her life, attending many silent meditation retreats and yoga practice courses, as well as deeply studying both ancient and modern texts regarding these practices. You can learn more through her website, www.middlepath-healingarts.com.
In addition to our ongoing Mindfulness Meditation group, we periodically offer Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is an experiential learning program that engages the cultivation of mindfulness: a moment-by-moment, non-judgmental awareness of experience. Through group and individual practices (including meditation and yoga), discussions, and presentations, we will learn a variety of approaches for integrating mindfulness into life. This 8-week course, originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, helps us find inner resources for balance, wellness, and peace of mind.
Last year we offerred a new class: Gentle Mindful Yoga. The class introduces the practice of mindful movement, which is gentle and enlivening, to anyone who wishes to explore embodiment with awareness. In this class you will discover how to skillfully relate to yoga as healing and awakening method. You will learn basic yoga movements and postures and consider easy ways to integrate them into your life for deeper well-being and meaning. Each session concludes with a brief guided sitting meditation.