meditation classes

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SERIES 2017
with Dori Langevin

Part Two: The Awakened Heart: Mindfulness of Emotions
The second in a series of foundational trainings in mindfulness meditation.
Workshop: Saturday, October 7, 2017 ~ 11:00am – 3:00pm
3 evening classes: Wednesdays, Oct 11, 18 & Nov 1 ~ 7:15-8:30pm
Location: Ashtanga Yoga School, 505 E. 24th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99203
Pricing: Workshop and classes: $80 ($70 for AYS students) or Workshop only: $50

What is mindfulness meditation? Mindfulness meditation is a systematic body-heart-mind training to cultivate a wise and compassionate relationship with our inner and outer life. By practicing present-centered non-judgmental awareness of sensations, thoughts and emotions we can develop an embodied and open-hearted presence that naturally flows into our relationships and into the world. The Buddha’s teachings are grounded in non-harming, and we can cultivate the intention to practice for the benefit of all life rather than solely for our well-being and freedom from suffering.

Many of us are interested in developing a balanced relationship with our emotional life where we are neither repressing feelings, nor blindly acting them out with our words or actions. The middle ground starts with recognizing emotions as part story-line about ourselves or others — often rooted in the past or the future — and part physical sensations in the body unfolding moment by moment. The tangle of strong emotions – pleasant or unpleasant – can be untangled with compassion and wise attention which are the two wings of mindfulness practice. Embodied presence cultivates balance and resiliency as we learn to “surf the waves” of strong mental and emotional experience.

Open to everyone: Part One: Mindfulness of Body was offered in the Spring as the pre-requisite for Part Two: The Awakened Heart: Mindfulness of Emotions. However, if you are motivated to join us, please email or call Dori about your meditation experience and/or support for practicing mindfulness of body as a foundation for working with strong emotions. Mindfulness meditation can be congruent with any spiritual orientation including none at all.

What to expect: The four-hour workshop will include teachings, meditation instructions for mindfulness of emotions in stillness and movement, while eating, and in structured dialogue, as well as time for questions and sharing. Evening classes will include teaching, guided meditation practices and discussion.

To register: Mail Registration Form and check payable to Dori Langevin to 4612 S. Schafer Branch Road, Spokane, WA, 99206. Refunds will be made if Dori is notified by phone by September 24. No refunds after September 24.

Questions? Contact Dori Langevin ~ sati@windwireless.net or 509-928-3948.