The practice of meditation is the oldest relaxation technique known to human kind. Today, Mindfulness Meditation is widely used as a means to increase focus of attention in the present moment thus allowing our innate calmness and clarity of mind to come forth. This is a great aid in responding skillfully to the stressors in our lives. Historically, Mindfulness Meditation is based upon Four Foundations: Mindfulness of the Body, Mindfulness of Feelings, Mindfulness of Mind, and Mindfulness of Mind Objects.
Four Qualities of the Heart: Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity
There are four states of mind that support our mindfulness practice and when experienced, allow us to feel light and flexible, open and concentrated at the same time. They are: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. During this series of classes together we will open to these beautiful qualities of the heart, which are inherent to our being. We will also explore what seems to block us from dwelling in these beautiful states of heart-mind. It is often our fears that get in the way of our access to this loving heart. Using mindfulness practice and guided meditations focused on loving kindness, compassion, joy and forgiveness, we will make contact with this loving heart, nurture it and manifest it in the many contexts of our daily lives.
· Instructor: John Orr
Questions? Phone 919-966-8586.
The Heart Opens: Cultivating Compassion with Lovingkindness Practice
As we recognize the universality of human suffering we learn to cultivate mindfulness and kindness and our hearts open, first to ourselves and then to others. We will practice with the ancient phrases of Lovingkindness offered towards ourselves, to all Beings everywhere and to 3 specific categories of people in our lives: those who are easy to love, neutral people we know, and the ones we find most difficult to love. We will learn how the heart can soften and open even when it feels resistant and threatened. Underpinning this work will be our practices of mindful awareness while sitting, breathing, walking, and stretching.
To register,to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Phone 919-966-8586.