Living Meditation & Stress Reduction

A look at Meditation in Everyday Life

LIVING MEDITATION is the practice of employing mindfulness of the present moment and awareness of an open and balanced body in order to harmonize with life.

Meditation teaches you how to connect with the still, steady, safe place deep within you that is always present – even in the midst of terrible physical and emotional storms.

There are many forms of meditation from the spiritual to the mundane, each providing a distinct orientation and outcome. This class will present meditation as a tool to synchronize body, mind and spirit and to consciously and effectively reduce stress.

Class 1: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Stress Reduction

In today’s busy world in particular there is such a deep need for stillness and for peace of mind. Mindfulness based stress reduction is a systematic retraining of your nervous system through the practices of… more details

In today’s busy world in particular there is such a deep need for stillness and for peace of mind. Mindfulness based stress reduction is a systematic retraining of your nervous system through the practices of:

  • Mindfulness/insight sitting meditation
  • Gentle yoga stretching
  • Relaxation techniques such as the body scan
  • Loving kindness meditation

Meditation uncovers the mind’s natural wakefulness and attentiveness. Before we can experience the simple yet profound effects of meditation, we first need be present in our body. Feeling alive and aware in our body is the first step to reducing stress, because we are synchronizing body and mind. When the mind is racing ahead to the future or going over the past, we are not in present time (real time). less details

Class 2: Exploring what’s REALLY going on: The power of Mindfulness

We need to start by acknowledging the chaos of our every day experience. The mental chatter, the unclear and even unconscious emotional reactions we have, the business of our thoughts and how that often translates into mindless and constant activities, the great motivating factor behind which is to avoid pain and seek pleasure… more details

We need to start by acknowledging the chaos of our every day experience. The mental chatter, the unclear and even unconscious emotional reactions we have, the business of our thoughts and how that often translates into mindless and constant activities, the great motivating factor behind which is to avoid pain and seek pleasure. This is the Mantra of the modern day: Seek pleasure, avoid pain. The trouble is, that deep-rooted habit ends up only causing more pain because we are perpetually being yanked out of the present moment, the only place where true joy exists and into our mental concepts, our conditioned experience. Being with what is, includes the whole spectrum of the human experience. Resisting nothing that comes up, but cultivating acceptance and patience so that we can watch experience as it arises without being so identified with every thought and feeling.

Mindfulness practice is being present with what is, exactly as it is, free from distraction. Mindfulness is arriving fully in the NOW, in the present moment, in “real time”, giving up our deep-rooted habit of perpetually jumping into the past or the future.

Mindfulness of body is paying close and complete attention to whatever you are doing while you are doing it, and noticing whatever feelings and sensations you are having in your body at any given time.

Mindfulness of mind is being aware of whatever it is you are thinking, without identifying with your thoughts. It is the conscious cultivation of awareness. Thoughts are endless and have no origin. There is no point in trying to put a stop to thinking, that would be an unending struggle, but we can reach a point in our awareness practice where we no longer identify so completely with our thoughts and where we can actually separate our thinking about reality from our direct experience of reality. less details

Class 3: “Working with emotions in meditation”

Most of us were taught from a young age to ignore or repress our emotions; particularly the difficult ones and we find all kinds of escape mechanisms, distractions and addictions to help us ignore unpleasant experiences. Meditation practice can easily become a form of “Spiritual Bypassing.” To avoid this potential pitfall we practice Touch and Go. more details

Most of us were taught from a young age to ignore or repress our emotions; particularly the difficult ones and we find all kinds of escape mechanisms, distractions and addictions to help us ignore unpleasant experiences. Meditation practice can easily become a form of “Spiritual Bypassing.” To avoid this potential pitfall we practice Touch and Go. As we are doing our meditation practice, thoughts arise and we work with our thoughts by labeling them “Thinking” and then returning our awareness to our breathing. Our breath anchors us to the present moment as it is a moving object, so to speak, and keeps us connected to our body. When emotions arise, particularly strong ones of sadness, anger, etc, (and trust me, this will certainly happen at some point if you have a daily meditation practice) the instruction is to “touch” the emotions, to lean into them, to open up to them. Don’t merely label emotions thinking and return your awareness to your breath, but actually linger for a moment, explore what the emotion feels like in your body, greet it, become a bit acquainted with it and then return your awareness to your breath, letting go completely. less details

Class 4: “Now what? How to bring your practice into your life.”

A regular, consistent meditation practice can have a profound stabilizing affect on your life. Finding a place in your world – your schedule, your apartment and your heart to sit even for a short time, every day. more details

A regular, consistent meditation practice can have a profound stabilizing affect on your life. Finding a place in your world – your schedule, your apartment and your heart to sit even for a short time, every day.

Discipline from encouragement rather than admonishment. The importance of an upright posture – simple and effective. Returning to that posture during the day – to release tension and reboot the nervous system.

Since we are busy people, we need to be realistic about how much time we can actually devote to a daily meditation practice. It is far better to do short sessions of 5 or 10 minutes, than to try to do longer sessions and then discover it’s just too much and give up. Even taking a few minutes while riding the subway or before going to sleep at night just to observe your feelings and thoughts can have a surprisingly profound effect on your life. Try it out if you feel inspired to explore what happens. less details

Dates Sundays in March (9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th)
Time 12pm to 1:30pm
Location New York, NY (exact location TBD)
Prices Early Bird: $80 / 4 classes (expires February 16th, 2014)Regular Price: $100 / 4 classes
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Living Meditation

Empowerment on the Path

In this class series we will explore Buddha Nature otherwise known as Basic Goodness and how to cultivate a healthy relationship to our ego on the spiritual path. In order to remove blockages in creating a fulfilling life, we need to examine our egos’ negative programming and psychological patterns.

We will take a look at some common and destructive psychological traps such as “The Drama Triangle” and “Above the Line, Below the Line” behavior and we will identify our “Machine” (All these terms will be discussed in depth during the class).

As Spiritual Warriors living in the modern age, we need to first and foremost be responsible for our own lives and states of mind. Let’s not add to the suffering of the world through ignorant messy interactions with others, through blame and victimhood and aggression. The world has enough of that noise and frankly, that level of consciousness hopefully bores you to death by now! However seeing a pattern and being exhausted by it, is not always enough to break it. We need to deeply examine and transform our own destructive patterns. Taking radical responsibility for our lives- through deep self-inquiry and meditation practice, we empower ourselves to live a life of fulfillment. This is where the rubber (the brilliance of Western psychology) meets the road (the transformational power of Eastern wisdom practices).

Each class will consist of gentle stretching to open up the body, guided meditation techniques, a topic/teachings of the day and lively discussion.

I hope you will join us in our growing community of courageous truth seekers.

Living Meditation classes provide a safe, nonjudgemental environment for people to be real, to heal, to explore, to ask questions, to share wisdom and to take off their masks. I Invite you to bring yourself, just as you are! All levels of meditation experience are welcome.

Yours in the Dharma,
Sarah

Dates Tuesdays in June (3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)
Time 7pm to 9pm
Location Three Jewels
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New York, New York 10003
Larger room across from door
Prices Early Bird: $100 / 4 classes (expires May 20th, 2014)
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Living Meditation & Stress Reduction (Duplicate)

A look at Meditation in Everyday Life

LIVING MEDITATION is the practice of employing mindfulness of the present moment and awareness of an open and balanced body in order to harmonize with life.

Meditation teaches you how to connect with the still, steady, safe place deep within you that is always present – even in the midst of terrible physical and emotional storms.

There are many forms of meditation from the spiritual to the mundane, each providing a distinct orientation and outcome. This class will present meditation as a tool to synchronize body, mind and spirit and to consciously and effectively reduce stress.

Class 1: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Stress Reduction

In today’s busy world in particular there is such a deep need for stillness and for peace of mind. Mindfulness based stress reduction is a systematic retraining of your nervous system through the practices of… more details

In today’s busy world in particular there is such a deep need for stillness and for peace of mind. Mindfulness based stress reduction is a systematic retraining of your nervous system through the practices of:

  • Mindfulness/insight sitting meditation
  • Gentle yoga stretching
  • Relaxation techniques such as the body scan
  • Loving kindness meditation

Meditation uncovers the mind’s natural wakefulness and attentiveness. Before we can experience the simple yet profound effects of meditation, we first need be present in our body. Feeling alive and aware in our body is the first step to reducing stress, because we are synchronizing body and mind. When the mind is racing ahead to the future or going over the past, we are not in present time (real time). less details

Class 2: Exploring what’s REALLY going on: The power of Mindfulness

We need to start by acknowledging the chaos of our every day experience. The mental chatter, the unclear and even unconscious emotional reactions we have, the business of our thoughts and how that often translates into mindless and constant activities, the great motivating factor behind which is to avoid pain and seek pleasure… more details

We need to start by acknowledging the chaos of our every day experience. The mental chatter, the unclear and even unconscious emotional reactions we have, the business of our thoughts and how that often translates into mindless and constant activities, the great motivating factor behind which is to avoid pain and seek pleasure. This is the Mantra of the modern day: Seek pleasure, avoid pain. The trouble is, that deep-rooted habit ends up only causing more pain because we are perpetually being yanked out of the present moment, the only place where true joy exists and into our mental concepts, our conditioned experience. Being with what is, includes the whole spectrum of the human experience. Resisting nothing that comes up, but cultivating acceptance and patience so that we can watch experience as it arises without being so identified with every thought and feeling.

Mindfulness practice is being present with what is, exactly as it is, free from distraction. Mindfulness is arriving fully in the NOW, in the present moment, in “real time”, giving up our deep-rooted habit of perpetually jumping into the past or the future.

Mindfulness of body is paying close and complete attention to whatever you are doing while you are doing it, and noticing whatever feelings and sensations you are having in your body at any given time.

Mindfulness of mind is being aware of whatever it is you are thinking, without identifying with your thoughts. It is the conscious cultivation of awareness. Thoughts are endless and have no origin. There is no point in trying to put a stop to thinking, that would be an unending struggle, but we can reach a point in our awareness practice where we no longer identify so completely with our thoughts and where we can actually separate our thinking about reality from our direct experience of reality. less details

Class 3: “Working with emotions in meditation”

Most of us were taught from a young age to ignore or repress our emotions; particularly the difficult ones and we find all kinds of escape mechanisms, distractions and addictions to help us ignore unpleasant experiences. Meditation practice can easily become a form of “Spiritual Bypassing.” To avoid this potential pitfall we practice Touch and Go. more details

Most of us were taught from a young age to ignore or repress our emotions; particularly the difficult ones and we find all kinds of escape mechanisms, distractions and addictions to help us ignore unpleasant experiences. Meditation practice can easily become a form of “Spiritual Bypassing.” To avoid this potential pitfall we practice Touch and Go. As we are doing our meditation practice, thoughts arise and we work with our thoughts by labeling them “Thinking” and then returning our awareness to our breathing. Our breath anchors us to the present moment as it is a moving object, so to speak, and keeps us connected to our body. When emotions arise, particularly strong ones of sadness, anger, etc, (and trust me, this will certainly happen at some point if you have a daily meditation practice) the instruction is to “touch” the emotions, to lean into them, to open up to them. Don’t merely label emotions thinking and return your awareness to your breath, but actually linger for a moment, explore what the emotion feels like in your body, greet it, become a bit acquainted with it and then return your awareness to your breath, letting go completely. less details

Class 4: “Now what? How to bring your practice into your life.”

A regular, consistent meditation practice can have a profound stabilizing affect on your life. Finding a place in your world – your schedule, your apartment and your heart to sit even for a short time, every day. more details

A regular, consistent meditation practice can have a profound stabilizing affect on your life. Finding a place in your world – your schedule, your apartment and your heart to sit even for a short time, every day.

Discipline from encouragement rather than admonishment. The importance of an upright posture – simple and effective. Returning to that posture during the day – to release tension and reboot the nervous system.

Since we are busy people, we need to be realistic about how much time we can actually devote to a daily meditation practice. It is far better to do short sessions of 5 or 10 minutes, than to try to do longer sessions and then discover it’s just too much and give up. Even taking a few minutes while riding the subway or before going to sleep at night just to observe your feelings and thoughts can have a surprisingly profound effect on your life. Try it out if you feel inspired to explore what happens. less details

Dates Sundays in March (9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th)
Time 12pm to 1:30pm
Location New York, NY (exact location TBD)
Prices Early Bird: $80 / 4 classes (expires February 16th, 2014)Regular Price: $100 / 4 classes
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