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Beginning Meditation
Interested in developing and strengthening your mindfulness practice? Whether we have been practicing for 10 days, 10 months or 10 years, we always approach meditation with beginners mind. In this informal one-hour evening sit, Beginning Meditation provides guidelines for posture and developing non-judgemental moment-to-moment awareness. How we approach the path is important to developing a healthy practice and this class offers the an opportunity to create space in our lives, ask questions and share experiences with others on the path with us. At Lion’s Roar, we like to say that any practice has to have the Four Wheels of a Chariot to be a healthy practice: Mindfulness – Staying present and noticing when our minds wander.Relaxation – Developing rhythmic or diaphragmatic breathing. Friendliness – Humor and kindness towards ourselves. Accepting and becoming our own best friends. Openness – Creating space to experience something new. Adapting to our moods and to the chaotic, ever changing word around us. Please Note: This is an ongoing meditation group. It's not necessary to formally RSVP. Most of our meet-up folks just show up. Hope you will join us.

Lion's Roar Dharma Center

3240 B Street · Sacramento, CA

What we're about

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Welcome to Mindfulness Meditation for Inner Peace! The first thing people say to us when they join us for the first time is that they don't want to meditate 'wrong'. So let's set this straight. Meditation takes different forms and if you are taking the time to be with yourself and focusing on your breathe then...you can not meditate wrong. Certainly there are tools and techniques that we can teach you but ultimately it's up to you to investigate what feels right for you. Sometimes we just need the space and encouragement to do it.

The second hesitation we see is the doubt about meditating in a group. I was never one to meditate in groups but over the pass couple of years I found that it has been such a strong support to me and my practice. I could never sit for long periods at home. There were so many things to be done around the house. But in a group where I have made the commitment to show up...I have found that my practice continues to deepen and grow. Plus I've met some an incredible people. Our hope is that our classes and Center help support your meditation practice and benefits the community as a whole.

About Our Classes

We offer several different opportunities to meditate during the week and on occasions will also offer other special mediation sittings as they come available. There is no experience required.

1. Sunday Mornings 9:30 am to 10:30 am - Walking Meditation with Patty & Doug

"Walking meditation is really to enjoy the walking—walking not in order to arrive,just for walking." —Thich Nhat Hanh

Walking is a sacred, healing practice and is a beautiful way to reconnect with ourselves and our world. When we walk slowly, we breath slowly and we begin to touch the peace that is always available in each of our hearts. No experience is required.

Before walking, we read an inspirational passage followed with a brief description of meditative technique. Then we slowly, walk around the perimeter of McKinley Park, through a lovely, quiet nearby neighborhood, around the inner perimeter of Lion's Roar Buddhist temple on B street. We look forward to sharing our next walk with you!

Where and When: Sunday Mornings 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Drop-ins welcomed. We meet at the front of the building.

Contacts: Patty Marcotte at yeshejamyang60@gmail.com or Doug Kleinsmith at dougks@surewest.net

2. Beginning Sitting Meditation

Interested in developing and strengthening your mindfulness practice? Whether we have been practicing for 10 days, 10 months or 10 years, we always approach meditation with beginners mind. In this informal evening sit, Beginning Meditation provides guidelines for posture and developing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness. How we approach the path is important to developing a healthy practice and this class offers the an opportunity to create space in our lives, ask questions and share experiences with others on the path with us.

Where and When: All classes are held in the side Community Room, Inner Circle Dojo and drop-ins are welcomed.

~ Every Saturday morning, 9:00 am to 9:45 am. Facilitated by Marie. This class offers 30 minute sittings with follow-up questions.

~ Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Facilitated by Miles, Jessica, Sabrina, Colleen. This class offers a 30 minute sitting and a 10 minute walking with discussions and follow-up questions.

~ Every Wednesday evening, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Facilitated by Dana. This class offers a 24 minute sitting with introductions and follow-up questions.

Contact: Dana at daymarie33@yahoo.com with any questions.

For more information about our Center please visit www.lionsroardharmacenter.org (http://www.lionsroardharmacenter.org/).

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