September 9, 2014 · 6:00 PM
Having trouble getting your tush on the cush? You are not alone! Let's get together and talk about ways to develop a more consistent meditation practice. Whether you are just starting out or have years of meditation experience, come learn and share about what makes consistent practice possible. Each week we'll explore another challenge and/or strategy in order to develop some new tools and collectively support each other's practice. Topics will include: setting the habit, overcoming distractions/excuses, recognizing benefits, cultivating self compassion, developing a meditator identity, and relying on sangha. Dharma talks, short articles and homework will help us explore each topic. Teachings used will be Buddhist or Buddhist inspired, though not solely affiliated with a particular lineage or teacher. The workshop will be facilitated by Tom Cannon and Kerry Dunn. Tom is this meetup's original organizer and a licensed professional counselor focusing on mindfulness practices, and Kerry is a professor at UNE's School of Social Work. We designed the workshop as a means to deepen our own meditation practice and help others do the same. We will serve as guides and co-workers not formal teachers. This meditation practice workshop is donation-based, and any donations will be used to create a new sangha space at Kerry's for ongoing group sits and retreats.
Week 1: Setting the habit
· Why practice?
· Understanding habits
· The power of commitment
· Prioritizing practice
· Finding a specific time each day and committing to it
· Using timers and meditation apps