It is easier than you think!
Wednesday Evenings in Hagerstown
The Stillness Studio
March 14 - April 4, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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: Focus & Concentration: In today’s world, focus is elusive -- except when it comes to our cell phone! Most of us are driven to distraction by technology, external distractions and internal rumination. During the first class you will learn how to focus your mind on one thing at a time. Sound impossible? Don’t worry! The research shows that all you have to do is try, and you don’t have to be perfect to change how your brain responds to distraction. What a relief!
Week 2: Mindfulness & Open Monitoring: If week one is like a flashlight, week two is more like a floodlight. You will learn how to widen your awareness and welcome all six of your senses into your moment to moment awareness, and even how to manage your relationship with experience itself. (What is the sixth sense? Show up to class to find out!)
Week 3: Compassion & Lovingkindness: We are all interdependent with one another, but sometimes it’s just hard to get along! During this class you will have the opportunity to explore how you relate to yourself and others, and then consider what to do with your discovery. You may even find that you and the difficult people in your life have more in common than you could ever imagine.
Week 4: Maintaining Your Practice & Coping with Difficult Emotions: The Meditation Class for Beginners is designed to give you the tools you need to cultivate a regular mindfulness meditation practice. But now that the class is over, how do you go on? How do you practice during difficult times? What resources are there in the community for meditators? This last gathering includes a period of formal practice as well as a question and answer session.
Questions? E-mail us or call 240-397-8080.