Good news for all who become just plain exhausted trying to give 110% to our lives: 100% is just fine! In fact, just by being alive we are already here 100% every moment, every day. With regular mindfulness meditation, we can discover how to intentionally show up in our lives with a new mix: less suffering and more awareness, compassion and wisdom. If this sounds good to you great…now comes the hard part. It takes practice!
MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) is a course that has, for 35 years, been helping people establish the behaviors and attitudes needed to live a more grounded, realistic and satisfying life by learning a core set of practices that integrate awareness into everyday life. The course is supported by research, and has benefitted people who suffer with illness, and a variety of stressors in the workplace, social sphere and family relationships. Health care professionals, teachers, criminal justice, political, religious and business leaders have all endorsed MBSR as safe and beneficial.
Summer 2018 MBSR will be focused for Teachers and Educators Tuesday mornings, 9:00-11:30am
You know that white Peace Pole planted in the garden at Harmony Food Coop? Did you know that it is one of 250, 000 Peace Poles planted all over the world? There is a growing network of people all over the world who intentionally affirm the simple sentiment, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. While these can be powerful words, there is another way to affirm our support for peace on earth: there is a silent embodied way to express this in a Japanese tradition called the IN (pronounced “een”). The Divine Spark IN, a series of graceful gestures with the hands and arms, will be taught Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 6:00pm at First Lutheran Church upstairs Labyrinth room. Please consider this an invitation to learn and practice this graceful, silent and powerful affirmation of our connectedness and desire for nonviolence; for peace.
Summer can get a bit harried…sometimes its nice to veer off in a restorative direction. For everyone who has taken MBSR, this is an invitation to spend a day quietly regenerating your meditation practice. We will be meeting Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Beltrami Electric Community Room, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Plan on spending the day in quiet guided practice. It’s a great review of the many mindfulness practices introduced in MBSR class. There will be healthy snacks provided; pack a lunch to be eaten mindfully at noon. Click hereto read more about important details. E-mail Geri firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions; and let me know if you plan on attending, as this helps me plan for the day.
Teachers, this is your chance to learn Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, an empirically supported approach to stress reduction that enhances human functioning in all areas of life. Classroom teachers are subject to some of the highest levels of workplace stress. Passion for the work is essential, but can be dampened with chronic stress exposure. Learning mindfulness skills can transform the classroom experience for you and for your students. Basic research on mindfulness in the classroom will be presented as part of Orientation. The course presents an array of mindfulness skills over the eight weeks, and supports your practice both in and outside of class . The course is being offered especially for teachers this summer. It will meet Tuesday mornings from 9:00am to 11:30 and spans the summer, June 6 (required orientation) through August 8. There will be a break for July 4th holiday. CLICK HERE to learn more
Just a reminder…no matter what you have to do this spring, refreshing your mindfulness practice will help you focus and enjoy it more. The Winter 2017 MBSR All Day Retreat is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your mindfulness practice.
All MBSR participants past and present are invited Saturday, April 29, 2017. This guided all day retreat is part of the Winter, 2017 MBSR curriculum. It gives a great review and reboot to anyone who has taken MBSR in the past and wants to review mindfulness skills or begin anew with daily practice. No lists, no pens, paper or electronics. Just bring yourself and your mindfully prepared lunch.
Where: Beltrami Electric Community Room 4111 Technology Drive Bemidji, MN
When: Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am to 4:00pm Come a few minutes early for Coffee and conversation, and so you can settle in for the day.
What: Bring a lunch you have packed yourself to eat at noon; bring layers of clothing for comfort, and any extra pillows blankets or props you need for comfort.
Water, coffee and tea and healthy snacks will be provided!
Cushions, blankets and chairs will be provided.
E-mail Geri at email@example.com if you plan on coming. If you decide to come when you wake up Saturday morning, jus COME on over!
All Day Silent Retreat Click for more details
Looking forward to seeing and practicing with you.
.… is that tattered rag in the cleaning bin; the one that melts your heart with its softness and cloudy stains; the one that can handle the world’s dust and absorb all tears.
As winter MBSR begins, we are committed to learning practices that inevitably challenge our habitual ways of being. To spend 20 minutes eating a raisin, or 45 minutes moving attention, inch by inch though our bodies is for most, a departure from the familiar. Awareness, opens us to thoughts, sensations and emotions, pleasant, unpleasant and neutral. In the process we rummage deeply to find that “rag in the bin” that can take care, no matter what the joy; no matter what the mess.