ROUND TWO – Mind/Body Practices for Resiliency in the Time of Corona
Gina de la Chesnaye
6-week FREE series
Mondays
18 May – 22 June
60 minutes
1:00pm CDT (time zone converter)

In this 6-week series, Gina de la Chesnaye will again offer mind/body practices specifically for those affected by the C-19 virus as well as the effects of it which may include depression, anxiety, rumination, grief and anger. No need to have attended the first round!

Each session will be one hour and will entail an understanding of how traumatic events affect our nervous system and what practices we have within our own bodies and the connection of our mind-bodies to help alleviate some of the physical symptoms and mental/emotional/spiritual ones as well.

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to discern if the tightness in our chest is anxiety, illness, or both.

Utilizing breath work, mindful movement, meditation and restorative poses as well as the connection we have with one another can be key instruments in helping us to feel agency and provide some relief while recovering from the virus, helping others recover or simply witnessing the suffering that is all around us.

Sessions are recorded and available within 48 hours to revisit the sessions time and again.

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Gentle Moving Meditation
Joseph Schwartz
Tuesdays, 2 June – 7 July
11:00am – 11:45 pm CDT (time zone converter)

Most people are asleep in their bodies not noticing how they organize their movement. This leads to unwanted stress and tension in the body. Mindful movement brings awareness to how we move and relate to our changing environment. Already taken this series? No biggie – Joseph will be introducing lots of new movement in this next round. New to the series? You’ll learn so many basic and essential movements to get in your body!

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Meditation 101
Facilitated by Karuna
Saturdays, 10:30am CT
9 May – 30 May 2020
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60 minutes

If you ever find yourself:

– thinking you’re not good at meditation

– lacking the desire to sit

– confused about what you should and shouldn’t be doing while meditating

– wondering what the point of movement and body scans are before sitting

– experiencing long bouts of drowsiness, monkey-mind, and/or boredom….

This series is for you! Let’s get your sit happening and with a joyful spirit to boot.

During this 4-week series, there will be lots of time for Q&A, practice, and you’ll be able to use additional 10 and 20 minute guided meditations designed to amplify and align your meditation practice throughout the week and for weeks to come.

Whether you’re a seasoned or beginner practitioner, Meditation 101 is designed to bring fresh perspective and highly useful tools to your meditation toolbox.

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Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Loving-Kindness for the World
Kelly Ann Lindsey
Tuesdays, 5 – 26 May 2020
9am CT
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75 minutes

In this four week series we will explore the practice of Maitri: awakening loving kindness for ourselves, each other, and the world during this time of pandemic. We will discuss the transformative power of loving-kindness and how we can cultivate it during this time of uncertainty. Each class will include a short Dharma talk, guided maitri meditation, and an opportunity for personal reflection and group discussion. This Buddhist meditation series is open to new and continuing students.

WARNING: There may be Mary Oliver poems and One Song Dance Parties and other unconventional methods used to explore this very traditional teaching!

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Meet Your Inner Healer
Lauren Hubele
Postponed – Dates TBA
Noon CT (75 minutes)

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Have you ever considered the belief system you have developed about your own health and healing? Perhaps you know what you don’t believe to be true but deep in your heart what do you really believe and more importantly why?

Let’s take those beliefs out for some airing and see if they actually align with who you are today. Using a bit of journaling, sketching, sharing and simple shamatha meditation practices we will take a journey of self-discovery together.

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Intro to Mindfulness in the Thich Nhat Hanh Zen tradition
Annie Mahon
Thursdays, 2 April – 21 May, 2020; no session 23 April/14 May
9:00am CT (60 minutes)

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“Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

We can practice mindfulness in each moment of life once we know how. When we breathe in, we know we are here, and when we breathe out we surrender to the present moment. We know we are alive and this is the miracle of mindfulness. Annie Mahon was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2009.

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The Beautiful Wisdom of No Escape
Facilitated by Karuna
Thursdays, 8am CT
9 April – 28 May 2020
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60 minutes

A 8-Week Series with Karuna; the third in her Living Beautifully year-long exploration with Pema Chödrön. No need to have attended the prior modules — you’re welcome to register for individual modules or the entire year-long series.

Each class will be an invitation to recharge your battery, recommit to living beautifully, and reset your intention for the week.

Using the three lenses of Precision, Gentleness, and the Practice of Letting Go, we will explore what it means to live with an open and courageous heart in a rough and tumble world.How can we use these three qualities to show up for ourselves and others in masterful and sometimes profound ways? Likewise, how can we use these three qualities to show up for ourselves and others in helpful and kind ways?

“This is the book that saved my life when I was on an extended meditation retreat. Every time I wanted to shut down or run away, I opened up this book to the most perfect sentence or two that gifted me the wisdom I needed exactly in that moment to remind me to stay with whatever was arising. I can’t think of a more appropriate book to read and discuss during this time of Corona. ” – Karuna

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Living Beautifully – A Year-Long Study with Pema Chödrön (2020)
Facilitated by Karuna
Thursdays, 8am CT
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60 minutes

When we become more insightful and compassionate about how we ourselves get hooked, we spontaneously feel more tenderness for the human race. Pema Chödrön

How is your spirit today? This is a question you’ll be asked each week during this year-long exploration of Pema Chödrön wisdom bombs. Expect that each week we’ll discuss a new quote or chapter from the book of choice for that particular series; coupled with meditation practices designed to bring about insight, compassion, and wisdom. Your heart-felt experiences will inform our time together while Karuna expertly weaves this into day-to-day practices you can experiment with both on and off the cushion.

“My vision is that participants will leave each session feeling recharged and energized for whatever uncertainty and change they meet that week. To live beautifully requires us to spend time in quiet reflection, mindful action, and self-care/retreat. Finding a way to integrate spiritual practices into each breath we take and our actions while living and working out and about in the world is my greatest desire. Together we will explore the many ways we each are caring and supporting others and ourselves.” — Karuna

Whether you sign up for the entire year or just one series at a time, the touchstone of one hour each devoted to living beautifully will have a profound effect on your spirit.

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