Self Love Revolution Masterclass with Jonathan Troen 

Eight-week series 

Sundays 10:00am-12:00pm CT (2 hours)

from 25 October to 13 December 

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We’ve been taught from a very young age that if we work hard, we will be successful, and once we’re successful, then we can be happy. We’ve become a nation that continually seeks happiness in the future. Self Love flips this equation.

Self Love creates happiness now. And when you are happy, you are already successful. And when you are successful, it’s easy to work hard and contribute to society. Many view Self Love as weak. But the truth is, Self Love may just be the most courageous act of civil disobedience you can take.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Harmony & Emptiness: An Online Retreat Weekend 

23 – 25 October 

In partnership with Mind Oasis, Lightning Club presents a weekend retreat on the Four Spaces Meditation with Master ACI teacher John Brady. Special music guest Michael Hewett, Niguma yoga with Paulina Franco, and a Laban Dance with Ana Rose.

How can we create harmony in our relationships through music, dance and meditation? Learn how to sneak the mind into ultimate reality with the goal of creating harmony in our work relationships, friendships, love and in your creations!

$100 donation (50% proceeds supports Asian Classics Input Project and 50% supports Mind Oasis).

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Communicating Through Difference with Amalia Sirica and Kenneth Strickland 

Eight-week series 

Mondays 6:00pm-7:30pm CT (90 minutes)

from 26 October to 14 December 

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It is no secret that we are living through fraught times. Now more than ever it is important to learn to connect from a place of our shared humanity. This course teaches how to manage difficult conversations and communication breakdowns.

Amalia and Kenneth will teach you what is going on behind the scenes in your mind and body when you communicate. Their hope is that everyone will carry these teachings into the world and engage in conversation across differences, even when it’s difficult. Techniques will include meditation, body-based movement practices for releasing trauma, experiential learning, and large and small group discussions to practice engaging in new ways of communicating.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Buddhism 101 with Elizabete Gomes

Four-week series 

Fridays 9:00am CT (90 minutes)

6, 13, 20 November & 4 December 

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Join Elizabete for an Introduction to Buddhist philosophy covering The Three Principal Paths:

  • Renunciation (the wish to be free of suffering),
  • Bodhichitta (wish for ourselves and others to be happy), and
  • Correct View (wisdom – the practice and path to enlightenment).

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Mindful Gratitude with Lisa Feder

Cultivating a Spirit of Thanksgiving in Challenging Times

Thursday 7 November at 10:00am CT (2 hours)

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Gratitude is a word that is tossed around a lot during the holiday season. In this year, with all of its “extra” challenges, we may be struggling to feel grateful. And yet, cultivating a gratitude practice can help us in every aspect of our lives. In this workshop, learn practices and tools to infuse gratitude into your life — including during your greatest challenges.

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Breath as a Bridge with Noga Shefi

Four-week series 

Tuesdays 6:00pm CT (1 hour)

10, 17, 24 November & 1 December

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Dive into breath work and meditative practices that anyone can do and benefit from!

Breath as a Bridge is an opportunity to go deeper into the ancient yogic breathing practices and meditations which are now backed by science in their incredible effects on our wellbeing and all areas of our lives.

In these 4 weeks you will be guided through a variety of simple breathing techniques you can use for the rest of your life.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Challenging Emotions Into Wise Actions: The Five Yogic Winds as Tools of Transformation

A Share Your Heart Project offering taught by Shannon Bronson and Allison Zamani 

Six-week series 

Tuesdays 11:00am-1:00pm CT (2 hours)

from 10 November to 15 December

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In 2020, emotions run strong, fast, and hard. Sisters Shannon Bronson and Allison Zamani of the Share Your Heart Project will educate practitioners to care for difficult emotions and help transform them to inform wise action in our lives. With intention, our emotions become empowering rather than disabling. We reclaim our power when we care for all layers of our being:  our body, breath, energy, and thoughts.  This course helps harness emotions to take wise action in our lives through healing movement, somatic meditation, visualization of the 5 Vayus, and creative expression.

 Lectures describe why and how strong emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, jealousy, pride, stinginess, and grasping arise. They present their liberated forms as antidotes. Somatic visualization incorporates our felt sense — how these emotions show up in our bodies — to develop our capacity to hold space for sometimes challenging emotions. Yogic movement and meditative visualizations of the 5 yogic winds of the subtle body are shared to physiologically metabolize each emotion’s raw reactivity. They build practitioners’ ability to tolerate the discomfort these emotions may create and ultimately empower practitioners to respond with Wise Action.  Each week, participants will create a Cosmic Rainbow Heart© to integrate their learning through coloring, writing and sharing about their experience with the group. 

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Cultivating a Healthy Mindset During Challenging Times

with Jenny Fairbank 

Two-week series 

Thursdays 6:30pm CT (1 hour)

12 & 19 November

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Thoughts are energy patterns intertwined with emotions that determine behavior. When you have control of your thoughts and emotions, you have control of your inner life, which informs your outer life. What you think, so you become. Learn how to identify, work with, and reprogram negative thought patterns so you can live with a healthy  mindset and not allow the challenges you face to dictate your life. These teachings are based on the studies of psychology, mindfulness, and self-realization. 

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Elizabete Gomes

Holiday Baking Class: Keto Pumpkin Bread

with Elizabete Gomes 

Saturday 14 November 10:00am CT (2 hours)

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This is a live cooking class where you actually see how it’s done. You can participate, ask questions, and offer input. At the same time, learn how to make homemade, gluten and grain free, pumpkin bread, dinner rolls and muffins that are DELICIOUS and healthy too! How can food help your meditation practice? Nutrition impacts the mind, body and emotions. In these cooking classes, we will explore food choices which enhance physical health, soothe emotions, and stabilize the mind. We will also discuss the various kinds of diets, take time for mindfulness, and practice meditation together.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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The Dakini Principle: An Exploration of the Divine Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism
with Kelly Lindsey

A Six Week Meditation Course

Tuesdays, 9 – 10:15am CDT

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6 October – 10 November 2020

In this six week morning meditation series, we will explore the divine feminine in Tibetan Buddhism by looking at the lives and teachings of six Buddhist deities and realized teachers that embody the wisdom energy of the divine feminine. Through meditation, visualization, mudra, and mantra, we will connect with our own awakened energy and potential for living in the world with wisdom and compassion. Come join us!

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Mind Training: A Beautiful Practice 

8:00am CT (60 Minutes), Thursdays, 3 September – 29 October, 2020

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An 8-Week Series with Karuna; the fifth 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.  This is sure to be a special teaching, as she will have just returned from a 3-week meditation retreat.

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

In this module, we will be leaning on Pema Chödrön’s “The Compassion Book.” which you can purchase here: https://amzn.to/33v8GDG

Also available are lojong cards (Compassion Cards) that can be placed on your fridge or altar throughout the week to inspire and recharge your practice! Click here to purchase: ttps://amzn.to/39xVWQO

The lojong teachings – or mind-training teachings – are Tibetan Buddhist slogans that are pithy and potent reminders for how to open our hearts to whatever is arising in our day-to-day life.Short enough to be memorized, the slogans are rich enough that we’ll explore the “top ten” or so over the series.

In the example, “In postmeditation, be a child of illusion,” the work is done on the cushion so that that there can be a sense of gentleness as you look out into the world; there is ease in your approach to daily life.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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A Beautiful Life: Pema’s Greatest Hits with Karuna

8:00am CT (60 minutes), Thursdays, 5-19 November AND 3-17 December 2020

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A 6-Week Series with Karuna; the culmination of 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.  This is sure to be a special teaching, as she will have just returned from a trekking meditation retreat in Nepal.

There will be a book used in this class, TBD.

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

In this module, we will take the culmination of all that we’ve explored over the year and incorporate it into potent useful meditation practices based on what are some of Pema’s Greatest Wisdom Hits.

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.” — Pema Chödrön

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Looking for Mind/Body Practices for Resiliency during these intense times?
Gina de la Chesnaye
RECORDINGS: 12 hours of practices FREE for you!

Gina de la Chesnaye offers mind/body practices specifically for those affected by these strange times; which may include depression, anxiety, rumination, grief and anger.

Each session entails 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 can be key instruments in helping us to feel agency and provide some relief, while helping others recover or simply witnessing the suffering that is all around us.

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Being Alone Without Feeling Alone (The Profound Art of Retreat)
Michael Hewett
RECORDINGS: More than 9 hours of recorded content

Retreating from the world is a source of nutrition. It provides the time to reflect, to get our bodies and minds to slow down, and to release and recharge with fresh perspectives. There’s an art to this, which has been passed down for millennia. Give yourself this gift; make the most of this time and be more present for yourself and others.

This experiential retreat includes: How to do retreat (Resources, location & community), the yamas & niyamas (code of ethics & engagements), recognizing & balancing up & down regulated energy, the enjoyable & unruly aspects of cabin fever, antidotes & remedies for nervous energy, subtle body mapping & breathwork, best practices for calming, sharpening & preparing the mind for insights & profound transformation.

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Mind Body Practices for People from Refugee Backgrounds
and the Caregivers of Australia

Gina de la Chesnaye
6-week FREE series
Wednesdays
10 June-22 July
60 minutes
6:00pm CDT (time zone converter)

Utilizing breathwork, meditation, mindfulness, movement, play and restorative yoga participants will learn how trauma affects the nervous system and what that looks like in our physical, emotional and mental selves. Through mind-body practices find the agency within to heal while increasing physical and mental wellbeing. Sessions are presented live in English, Arabic and Farsi. The recordings are available within 48 hours after the live session.  Revisit the session recordings time and again.

لمعرفة المزيد والتسجيل

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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