Sunday, 13. January 2019, Sacramento Dharma Center (Library room), Embodied Mindfulness - 6 Week Class

from 13. January 2019 - 10:00
till 24. February 2019 - 10:00

Sacramento Dharma Center (Library room)

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I am delighted to offer this 6-week class on the foundational practices and principles of mindfulness meditation, qigong (a meditative movement practice) and kind intention. This class is suitable for beginners or for anyone needing support in establishing or maintaining an ongoing practice.
Dates: January 13th, 20th, 27th; February 10th, 17th, 24thTime: Sundays 10am - 11:30amCost: $75 
(Scholarships are available if the cost is an obstacle for you)
Each weekly class will include a presentation on key concepts, some guided practices (moving and seated), and a discussion period.
Week 1: Settling the Body

What is, and is not Mindfulness?
Key principles of ‘Calming’ and ‘Clarifying’ 
The importance of connecting with the body and releasing tension in the body

Week 2: Present in the Sense Fields

Practice in motion by being present in the sense fields
Working with habits of mind
The senses as a gateway to joy

Week 3: Present in Stillness, Present in Movement

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Skillful approaches to working with stress
What is equanimity? 
The complementary experiences of stillness and movement while working with the breath

Week 4: Cultivating Compassionate Connection

How mindfulness and compassion practices work together
Isolation vs. Connection; activating the feeling body
Neuroscience research on compassion practices
Planting the seed for compassionate action

Week 5: Riding the Waves of Thoughts and Feelings

Exploring the fleeting nature of thoughts and feelings
Suffering = Pain X Resistance
‘RAIN’ strategy for working with difficult emotions
Being kind to the disowned parts of yourself

Week 6: Bringing Mindfulness into Daily Life

Review of core principles and practices
Ways to bring mindfulness into daily life 
Tips for sustaining a regular practice 

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