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It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In the course of our lives, this goodness, warmth and intelligence can easily become covered over by doubt, fear and egotism. The journey of becoming fully human means seeing through fear and egotism, and waking up to our natural intelligence. It takes kindness–to ourselves and others–and courage, to wake up in this world.

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Daily Lunch Meditation

Shambhala Chicago

NOTE: AS OF NOW, LUNCHTIME MEDITATION SESSIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE -- CHICAGO.SHAMBHALA.ORG -- FOR A LIST OF ONLINE MEDITATIONS (WITH LINKS OR DIRECTIONS TO LINKS) THAT ARE BEING OFFERED WHILE THE CENTER IS CLOSED. Free 1/2 hour lunch meditation takes place every day of the week at the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center. Meditation instruction is not offered during these sits, but there is a person keeping time during each sit. No RSVP required, open to the public.

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

Shambhala Chicago

Hello All. Right now all Qigong practices at the Shambhala Center have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus. Whew! I wish we could all gather for qigong, simple breathing and mindfulness movement. But where ever you are, try to sit quietly for as many breaths as you can. Inhale through the nose into the belly below the navel. Then exhale through the mouth, letting go of tension. Practice breath by breath, moment to moment, just this practice right now. Use this breathing space as a place to go to build your immune system and relax from worry and fear. That space is always available when you need it. And please don't judge yourself about how you practice. One breath as you can...and then another...and maybe another. This is a time to practice good breaths, mindfulness, generosity and compassion. Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Using deep belly breaths and gentle relaxation the meridians (energy channels) are opened allowing ki to flow promoting body-mind synchronization and awareness. Never reaching beyond our comfort level, paradoxically as we practice “the Art of Letting Go” we melt into a state of balance. The movements also relate to the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) and their healing qualities that we will explore in class. About the Teacher Jennifer O’Hara has been a Asian Body Therapist and Acupressure therapist for 20 years. She has been teaching for 15 years. In her practice she weaves the Ki exercises of Eight Pieces of Silk qigong & Meridian Touch Japanese qigong, Five Element Theory, Hakomi Method, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness meditation for deep somatic release work. Her experience is with chronic conditions, immune deficiency syndromes, emotional release work and pain management. Jennifer is happy to answer any queries about her work, Asian Body Therapies and Ki exercises. Please contact her for more information: [masked].

Daily Lunch Meditation

Shambhala Chicago

NOTE: AS OF NOW, LUNCHTIME MEDITATION SESSIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE -- CHICAGO.SHAMBHALA.ORG -- FOR A LIST OF ONLINE MEDITATIONS (WITH LINKS OR DIRECTIONS TO LINKS) THAT ARE BEING OFFERED WHILE THE CENTER IS CLOSED. Free 1/2 hour lunch meditation takes place every day of the week at the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center. Meditation instruction is not offered during these sits, but there is a person keeping time during each sit. No RSVP required, open to the public.

Mindfulness Meditation Open House in the West Loop

Shambhala Chicago

NOTE: AS OF NOW, THESE MEDITATION SESSIONS ARE NOT HAPPENING DUE TO COVID-19. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE -- CHICAGO.SHAMBHALA.ORG -- FOR A LIST OF ONLINE MEDITATIONS THAT ARE BEING OFFERED WHILE THE CENTER IS CLOSED. Join us every Tuesday at our main center for an evening of mindfulness meditation, discussion, and social time. Our night begins with food and conversation with fellow meditators at 6:30pm, sitting and walking meditation from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and a half-hour discussion or talk on meditation in everyday life. Both experienced and beginning meditators are welcomed. Instruction will be given. Bring a friend!

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