Mission Statement: To foster wellness, peace, wisdom and compassion in individuals and in the community through meditation, mindful movement, and deep relaxation.
(For experienced meditators)
Many people suffer with self-criticism and shame. We believe the critical judge will help us improve, but it never does – – it only makes us feel worse. These lifelong patterns of self-criticism and shame feel impossibleto change, but they are not. With devotion to our mindfulness practice we can become aware of our judge and instead of being self-critical, we can learn to be more compassionate towards ourselves, others, and even the critical judge.
Recent research shows that mindfulness — joined with self-compassion — enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, and leads to more satisfying personal relationships and better psychological health.
This 8-week class will present self-compassion as a specific application of the mindfulness training attained in the 8-week Foundations course, and will introduce practices that give rise to kindness, self-acceptance and self-care. Learning to apply self-compassion and understanding during times of struggle, rather that ignoring feelings or being self-critical, can transform your life.
Dates: Fall 2015 dates: Monday evenings, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & Dec. 7
Breath Awareness Meditation – 16 min, 33 sec
Please see the Resources page for more guided meditations.