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Seminar on Meditation, Mindfulness, and the Present Moment
June 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT$20.00
Saturday, June 1, 2019. 9:00 AM to Noon, Wesley Center
Facilitated by Rev. Connie Habash
All are welcome
Many people hear of the benefits of meditation and want to try it, but struggle. Let’s face it – it’s hard to sit still and quiet when our lives constantly pull us to the to-do list, the state of the world, and any number of stressors that agitate us. Still others are concerned about a conflict of interest with their religious tradition.
The truth is that meditation doesn’t have to be difficult, a drudge, nor anything that conflicts with your religion. In fact, a good meditation practice can deepen your connection to God and your spiritual practices, no matter what you believe. It’s just for you. And there are a number of ways to step gently into meditation practice without the pressure of sitting stock-still for an hour in a pretzel pose!
It all begins with becoming aware in the present moment and discovering its sweet and simple blessings. You may think of this as mindfulness practice – bringing your awareness to the here and now. Much of what causes us stress and anxiety in our lives is the constant agitation of our mind. Mindfulness helps us quiet and calm the mind by attending to what is right now in our experience, rather than following trains of thought or emotion that can upset or distract us.
This morning workshop will take you, step by step, into the inner peace that comes from being right here, right now. We’ll explore some simple mindfulness practices, both indoors and out. We’ll have some enlightening discussion on the mind, emotions, and the body, and how they come into play during meditation, and also cultivate a sense of humor about meditation and ourselves. The day will be sprinkled throughout will some short, guided, and very doable meditation practices, gradually building your ability to sit or walk in mindfulness and presence.
Join us, and begin the return to your natural state (yes, it’s within you!) of inner peace and calm.