Establishing a Mindfulness Meditation Practice
There is a growing recognition of the value of mindfulness meditation for reducing stress and promoting physical and mental well-being. However, establishing and sustaining a meditation practice is not so easy! Many of us have aspired to meditate but have never managed to carve out time from our busy lives to try it. Others of us have tried meditating, but have quickly felt discouraged by racing thoughts, restlessness, or physical discomfort, and decided that its just not for us. Still others of us have benefitted from meditating regularly for periods of time, but eventually seen our meditation practice slip away as other seemingly more appealing or pressing activities take precedence.
This 6-session series will focus on providing a thorough orientation to fundamentals of mindfulness practice, with an eye to helping participants make the practice their own and emerge with the tools needed to launch a sustainable practice. The course will include an exploration of how mindfulness relates to anxiety, depression and stress, and how it can help us access stability, flexibility, and vitality in the midst of these common experiences. Special attention will be given to addressing challenges that can tend to derail meditation practice. Each session will include instruction in practicing mindfulness through classic sitting meditation as well as through mindful movement. Classes will also include some time for questions and discussion.
Gabe Fields, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 20 years, including 10 years of residency at San Francisco Zen Center. He currently works as a psychotherapist at the Portland VA Medical Center. specializing in mindfulness-based therapies.
Julie Burtis, DPT, is a physical therapist certified in both Iyengar Yoga and Stott Pilates. She has practiced meditation for 20 years, including seven years of residency at Dharma Rain Zen Center and San Francisco Zen center. She works at PT 360, a private outpatient orthopedic clinic in Portland.
When: Sunday evenings 6:00-7:30 pm, February 1 through March 8
Fees: Suggested donation of $100, sliding scale available. All proceeds benefit Dharma Rain Zen Center’s Lotus Blooming Campaign. For more information, please visit http://dharma-rain.org/new-campus/lotus-blooming-capital-campaign/