Research shows that a regular meditation practice can restore emotional balance, reduce stress, improve health and actually change the brain’s gray matter. Practitioners report a greater sense of well-being, contentment, and feeling of connection to others. Mindful meditation helps one awaken to the richness of each moment in life. With practice, one can become aware of habitual reactions to stressors and discover new ways of responding to life’s challenges.
Mindfulness and Compassion: a Path for Transformation: Drop-in Sessions
Date: Thursday evenings, ongoing
Time: 7–8 p.m.
Cost: $14 drop-in fee (Discount with class card)
Please register at Yoga for Living
Would you like to become part of a diverse community of mindfulness practitioners seeking to live with more awareness, compassion, purpose and openheartedness?
Are you ready to let go of a disconnected life driven by to do lists, stress or anxiety?
Are you willing, through personal transformation, to advance the culture towards a more awake and compassionate way of being?
Mindfulness meditation is a path proven to change your relationship to painful emotions and stressful events and to foster compassion for yourself and others. Through mindfulness practice and contemplation, it’s possible to relax your physical and mental patterns of rigidity, resistance and contraction, and to enter into a state of greater openheartedness and peace. Your own evolution positively impacts those around you.
Under the guidance of a professionally trained, experienced instructor, these sessions include guided meditations, poems or inspirational readings, discussions and, sometimes, gentle movement or visualizations.
Practicing with others who have similar intentions forges deep connections. We support each other’s growth and development as we cultivate higher states of awareness and compassion. Through inner transformation, we transform the outer world.
We recommend that you start your journey by taking a 4 or 8-week mindfulness class series, but this is not required. We strongly suggest that absolute beginners schedule a private session before participating in these sessions.
Tergar Dharma Practice Group
Dates: Email Lori for current schedule
Time: Bi-weekly Sundays, 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Kindly pre-register by Saturday morning prior to each session by emailing Lori.
In this course, we’ll explore the bodhisattva path through a curriculum designed by Tergar International, under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. We’ll be learning and practicing the key points of the six paramitas: generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom, investigating the meaning and logic of each of the paramitas and learning how to bring them alive in our everyday lives. While much of the presentation of this course will be offered through a Buddhist lens, we will be borrowing from a wide variety of traditions and disciplines. The training in love, compassion and wisdom and caring for the world is at the heart of all great philosophic and spiritual traditions and is a natural calling in all of us.
The atmosphere of these sessions is informal, open, and warm. Regular attendance will allow you to benefit most from the curriculum.
4-Week Mindfulness for Beginners Course
Dates: To be announced
Time: 7 pm–8:15 pm.
Cost: $135 for the series, including materials.
Location: To be announced
If you would like to learn more about mindfulness and how to begin or deepen your commitment to a meditation practice this is the course for you. You will learn the following basics in these four weeks:
- What mindfulness is and isn’t and how mindfulness practice can benefit you
- How living in automatic pilot affects your life and how to become more present
- Practices to stabilize your attention
- Practices to manage difficult situations and emotions
- Practices to incorporate into daily living
- How to interrupt rumination about the past and worry about the future
- How to manage through stressful or anxious times
- How to “be with” challenging physical sensations and our busy minds.
Each class will include
- A guided meditation
- Group discussion
- Valuable tools to start implementing the practices right away
Read more in What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain? in The Scientific American.
Eight weeks to a Better Brain – Harvard Gazette
During our time together, through experiential learning, discussion and daily practice, you can develop the ability to make positive changes in your life. As you become familiar with your “inner landscape” and deepen the connection with your innate wisdom, you will learn to take better care of yourself and choose more effective ways of responding to life’s stresses and challenges. Rather than living in the past or worrying about the future, you will learn how to engage in life with openness, compassion and ease.
A sampling of comments from recent course evaluations:
Fantastic journey (guided) of self-discovery and spiritual development: Look forward to each new moment and day of awareness and unlearning of things from the past 15 years. Very grateful. – Julie S.
“I found this class awesome and life-changing.” – Lauren P.
Lori was outstanding. Skeptical going in but discovered a higher purpose when finished course. Never finished growing, learning, improving.” – Steve B.
Private Instruction available. Please contact Lori for more information.
Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies verify that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. It is no surprise that this practice has steadily grown in popularity.