Evening Practice at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Evening Practice at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Tue, October 1

  • Tue, October 1 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
  • Tue, October 8 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
  • Tue, October 15 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
  • Tue, October 22 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
  • Tue, October 29 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
  • Tue, November 5 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Tue, October 1, 7:00 pm – Tue, October 1, 9:00 pm

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[ Location Change. The class will take place at a private home in Takoma Park, Maryland. Details will be provided when you register.]

When we practice mindfulness, we develop, over time, a relaxed state of awareness that allows for the moment-by-moment direct observation of sensations, feelings, and mind-states. When mindfulness is firmly established, joy, compassion, equanimity and loving-kindness arise.

Intended for both new and experienced practitioners, the class will explore conscious breathing, developing/deepening a sitting practice, walking meditation, mindfulness in everyday life, recognizing and accepting feelings and emotions, transforming anger, nurturing love, developing compassion, and hugging meditation.

Participants will be able to share experiences, progress, and challenges within a supportive workshop environment.

The fee is $180 for the entire six-session course. (A reduced fee schedule is available for those for whom the course fee would be a hardship.)

If one of the classes is cancelled because of weather, a make-up class will be held on November 12.

For more information, email info@StillWaterMPC.org or call (301) 270-8353. Space is limited.

Have a friend or colleague who might be interested? We would be grateful if you downloaded a flyer to give to another person or post on a bulletin board.

Some reflections on the class from recent participants are below.

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Reflections from E.D.

I liked learning about the different aspects of mindfulness, in particular the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, and some of the exercises suggested for each of these. For example, I really enjoyed the process of journaling after noticing the “feeling in the feeling” and the “mind in the mind”. I learned a lot from the journaling. I also enjoyed using gathas, walking meditation outdoors, body scan meditation, Metta meditation, and the tea ceremony was wonderful.

Reflection from J.N.

I liked that the weekly lessons built on one another. It was nice to learn a new perspective or technique, practice it, and then have it flow into what we were discussing the next time I came to class.

I enjoyed having the reading to do at home, as it helped guide me in establishing a practice during the 6 days of the week when I wasn’t at class.

I liked that we practiced sitting in class. It felt like a demonstration that then gave me context outside of class.

Reflections from C.M.

CM: Great class. Learned a lot—helped to clear up many questions and fill several gaps in my meditation practice. I can’t say that anything didn’t “work well.” The discussions and book were very helpful, informative, and enjoyable. Also, well organized.

The distinction/relation between “feelings/emotions” and the “stories” they stimulate was extremely valuable to me. Yes, the way I relate to others has significantly changed. The way I relate to myself will take some more work but I believe this class gave me great tools with which to pursue this. Favorite activities: Practicing walking meditation and, of course, the tea ceremony.

Reflections from A.S.

I came to watch the teacher and stumbled into the teaching.  I wanted to see how you approached teaching an intro class series and figured I might learn a something about the Still Water approach, or what Thích Nhất Hạnh inspired Buddhism consists of, or maybe a pedagogical trick or two.  Got some of all of that, but the big take away for me is the value of being in that size group with so many experienced people and a good leader, the value of practice, and the encouragement to continue practicing.  Thinking maybe that in itself is the essence of the Thich Nhat Hanh way.  And the more I do this stuff the more I appreciate the basics. “Simple but not easy,’ as Mitchell says.


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