Join us on Zoom until we return to our regular space at 106 Marshall Court Unit 120 for an opportunity to sit with the community. Each session will begin with a 20 - 40 minute meditation followed by a short discussion and opportunity for mindful sharing. See the website for Mindful Sharing instructions. The session will be hosted by one of the community members on a rotational basis. Newbies, beginners and seasoned practitioners welcome. Suggested Donation $3 - $5.
In Alphabetical Order
I am a seven year practitioner of meditation with a belief that mindfulness and insight support dharma teachings in everyday life. Consistent with Shambala teachings, the ground of my practice is a belief in Basic Goodness. The 16th Karmapa summarized the teachings of the Buddha as "Everything changes". I am also a life-long musician, performing on violin throughout my youth, and presently playing viola for my own pleasure. I am a retired special education teacher with an ongoing interest in childhood literacy.
I started yoga to heal my body and progressed to mindfulness and meditation for peace of mind. It is an enjoyable continuing journey that I like to share with others. At the drop-in meetings we all learn something each time.
I was first introduced to mindfulness back in the 70’s when I was in V.I.S.T.A. and read Be Here Now by Ram Das and books by Hermann Hesse, but it wasn’t until 2003 that I took my first meditation class. For several months I went to a weekly practice with a local Buddhist monk but when the class ended, so did my practice. Later, after teaching school for so many years, I was feeling extremely stressed trying to juggle career, family, and studio, never having enough time to feel good about anything and working all the time just to keep up. Luckily I was able to transition to part-time work at school and began taking yoga classes, trying to find a more peaceful way of being, eventually becoming a yoga teacher. After studying yoga and meditation with Meditation teacher Catherine Ibsen for seven years, I began teaching meditation in 2017.
Meditation and Mindfulness are an important part of my life. I enjoy sharing both with others that have a similar interest or curiosity about either. Drop In Meditation is a good place to satisfy a curiosity regarding Meditation.
One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting with my mother each morning and preparing our thoughts for the day ahead. As an adult I continue to begin each new day with a quiet sitting, following my breath and embracing gratitude for the unfolding day. Meditation has encouraged me to turn directly towards my life and appreciate every moment. I have learned through meditation that the source of genuine happiness, joy, and peace lies within my own heart and not within the changing events of our life. Establishing a positive outlook and mindset on life is a quality that I established as a young girl and I have carried it with me always.