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Meditation for Beginners 4 Week Course

Meditation for Beginners in Hagerstown
May 15 - June 5, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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Get ready to train your brain! It only takes minutes a day, and you will be surprised just how quickly meditation can change your life.

We have all experienced the physical, emotional and psychological pain of stress and anxiety. But few of us were ever taught how to control of our mind and relieve suffering. If you are ready to take control of your monkey mind, and live a happier, healthier life, mindfulness meditation can help. From controlling your wandering mind with focusing meditation, to deepening your connection to the people you love, this class will teach you how to live more fully.

Facilitated by Heather Stang, author of Mindfulness & Grief, this class is taught using real world examples and  is based on scientific research. Each week will focus on a theme and build on the skills from the week before. Home practice and online guided meditations will help you incorporate mindfulness into your life both on and off the cushion!

Week 1: Cultivating the Relaxation Response

If you feel like you are in a constant state of stress, you have come to the right place! During the first class you will experience how you can switch your stress switch to off in a manner of minutes, and elicit the "relaxation response," your body's innate ability to recover from the physiological impact of anxiety, illness, and stress. This can help you sleep better, worry less, and combat stress-related illnesses.

Week 2: Being Here, Now

A present mind is a happy mind, so the research says! During this class you will learn how to stop time-travelling to the past and future, and instead use your senses to be here now. This will allow you to appreciate the present, and let go of unhelpful "add-ons" that get in the way of your ability to enjoy the preciousness of life. Ultimately, you will reach a new level of clarity as you learn how to relate to each moment in a different way.

Week 3: Compassion for Our-Self & Others

We all have challenging people in our lives - sometimes the most challenging person is our-self.  Explore the three components of self-compassion, and learn how being kind to yourself can change how you relate to other people. You may also be surprised to find that you have more in common with the difficult people in your life than you ever imagined. Learn how to work with this without becoming a doormat!

Week 4: Maintaining Your Practice & Coping with Difficult Emotions

Practicing meditation is one thing when things are going well, but it is especially helpful during difficult times. Learn how to deal with difficult emotions, no matter what their source.  This last gathering includes a period of formal practice as well as a question and answer session to help you continue your meditation practice beyond the four week period.

Questions? E-mail us or call 240-397-8080.