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Practicing Mindfulness in Difficult Times


Some of the habitual patterns of the mind during difficult times include denial, anger or wanting things to be other than they are. Mindfulness practice teaches us that skillfully turning toward what is arising in this moment and acknowledging things as they are opens the door to peace. Cultivating equanimity, a profound sense of calm in the midst of the storm, may be one of the most skillful things that we can do during difficult times. The current political challenges and social tensions in the U.S. may tempt us to turn toward the near enemies of equanimity, which include withdrawal, denial, complacency, cynicism, rationalization or anger. Cultivating loving-kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy offers a foundation upon which we can cultivate equanimity. Equanimity allows us to stay open to seeing clearly how things are. As you practice cultivating these qualities in your personal practice, you may consider practicing engaged mindfulness by taking your practice into the world and engaging with organizations and groups that embody values that are consistent with your mindfulness practice. Consider becoming a visible ally to members of marginalized groups of people who are being targeted by threats or hate crimes or who feel fearful because they are members of marginalized groups that are being targeted. Or join organizations that support and encourage compassion, equality and social and environmental justice. If you’re not sure where or how to connect, drop me an email, and I’m happy to offer some suggestions based on your interests.

When things are going well, don’t relax, and when they’re not, don’t panic. –Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year.  
Start your year off well as you mindfully create intentions and learn strategies for successfully following through.  We’ll use guided meditations and journaling exercises to help you clarify your intentions.  Then we’ll create an Intentions Board, a creative collage with words and images, to serve as a visual reminder of your intentions.  Make 2017 your year of lasting lifestyle changes!
Pre-registration is required and limited to 10 people.
Date & Time Saturday December 31, 2016  9am -12pm
Location: Jen’s office in downtown Wilmington. Cost: $50
Email Jen to register

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week class. 
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness, reduce stress and create a greater sense of peace and well-being. MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. People take an MBSR course for reasons that include stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, GI distress, chronic illness, fatigue, heart disease, insomnia, and grief/loss.
Pre-registration is required and limited. 
FREE Introduction to MBSR and Orientation: Wednesday January 4, 2017 6pm – 8-m
Class Dates & Times: Wednesdays Jan 11 – March 1, 2017 6-8pm PLUS Saturday Feb 18 9am – 3pm.
Location: McKay Healing Arts, Wilmington, NC
Cost: $425
Email Jen to register

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