It's normal (and beautiful) that difficult emotions arise during meditation. The question is: can we make friends with them?
This class is right for you if:
- You have some basic meditation experience and are familiar with watching the breath and Metta, OR
- You have taken the ABC's of Meditation or Meditation for City Dwellers Series and are looking to go deeper.
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An Evening of Learning to Truly Listen to Ourselves and Others with Megan Mook
Too often, we feel hurt because we don't feel heard. We also hurt others by not truly listening.
Listening deeply is a skill, and it is one of the most beautiful and healing practices. In this special event, learn meditation techniques to prepare the heart and mind for true listening and loving presence.
Take the 4 week course or drop in. Register here.
This course includes personalized posture tips, recorded meditations, selected readings, and systematic instruction in a variety of meditation techniques to fit specific personalities and goals. Great for brand new beginners and those eager to deepen their practice.
*Please note the class times. They vary slightly week to week.
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 7-9 p.m. MEDITATION 101 & POSTURE
There's a lot of information floating around out there. Come learn what meditation is and isn't, and why one size doesn't fit all. Plus, detailed tips on posture.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 6-7:30 p.m. FOCUS & AWARENESS
Focus and awareness are two separate skills. Learn the difference and the benefits. And explore techniques that feel natural instead of forced.
SUNDAY, FEB 5, 2-3:30 p.m. SELF COMPASSION
Soften and strengthen the heart through practices that increase self-kindness, awareness, and fortitude.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m. COMPASSION FOR OTHERS
In our last class we'll work with beautiful, transformative practices to connect meaningfully with others, without loosing ourselves in the process.
A Meditation Workshop With Megan Mook on Talking about the Election with Your (Trump loving?) Family
How can we use meditation to stay open and loving when we feel threatened and angry? This meditation workshop is about listening, loving, and healing the divide that is breaking us apart. It's about doing the inner work as preparation for the outer work — 'cause there's a lot of outer work to do!! This is where the rubber meets the road, y'all. Let's make our hearts strong and loving.
Join me for a Post-Election "Mental Health Teach-In" with professors in history and media studies (speaking about nationalism movements, and this election's unique media position), psychiatrists (speaking about the impact on LGBT and marginal communities), meditation (that's me, taking about inner work as a foundation for outer work), and activists talking about how to make activism count.
We have been struggling with feelings of shock, fear, betrayal, anger, and futility in the wake of the election. Join us for this mental health teach-in/group processing session that will help to contextualize our responses to the election and provide a supportive space to discuss them. There will be several micro-talks by mental health practitioners and allied professionals followed by Q & A and a larger breakout discussion. Topics will include LGBTQ issues, our relationship to media during the election, the economy of shame, the history of authoritarianism, and compassion/mindful approaches, and integrating the personal and the political. A list of low-cost local mental health resources, online therapeutic resources (workbooks and apps), and resources for meditation/and mindfulness will be made available by the organizer.
Transformation, of mind and heart, starts with focused awareness. Here's the recipe: first, learn how to focus in ways that feel pleasurable instead of forced. Next, layer your focus with enhanced awareness. Lastly, apply your new tools to creatively enhance your well being.
We've all got them, scary monsters in our heads. As kids, they hid under our bed or in the closet. As adults, we keep them wrapped up in our subconscious, and are often caught off guard when they pop up. Come explore the meditative equivalent of turning on the light. It's a lot more fun and less scary than you'd imagine.