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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Tue, 10 Jan 2017, 6:30 PM – Tue, 7 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM PST
A series of 5 classes which meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at St. Paul's Anglican Church, corner of Jervis and Pendrell streets. Pendrell street entrance.
Mindfulness meditation, being present for our experience in the moment with awareness and acceptance, comes from the Buddhist tradition. These introductory classes draw upon the wisdom of that tradition as it relates to our contemporary lives. The practice has become popular in the West because of the proven benefits of reducing stress, enhancing health, well-being and sense of connection.
Mindfulness Meditation is a profound way of connecting with how things are in your life. Often in daily life we find we are disconnected to the body and hardly aware of what’s going on in our minds. Thoughts, emotions and reactions to events can pull us away into a world where we hardly keep track of ourselves! Paying attention with kindness allows for greater calm, clarity, and resourcefulness. In this series of classes we will work from a relaxed place to develop awareness of breath, body, feelings, thoughts and mind states. We will also have fun.
Basic sitting practice will be augmented with simple and gentle mindful movement. Through practicing mindfulness in stillness and movement, our aim is to bring the practice into daily life as well as to gain more insight while formally meditating. In so doing we may find greater self knowledge and the joy of simply being present.