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Learning To Listen: Insight Meditation Group
COST: Drop-in format: $5-$10, Sliding Scale Donation
This is a relatively new group, and is of the 'drop-in' format - all are welcome. Currently there are just a couple of us sitting together regularly, and we would very much welcome your practice and presence.
The intention of this sitting meditation group is three-fold. First, it is an introduction to the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Second, this group acts as a place for practitioners with past meditation experience to sit regularly in mindful community - a group of ongoing friends and friendships will surely grow around this group's regularity. Lastly, for all of us, these meditations are an opportunity to pause, reflect, and to notice the passing of our previous week's duties and concerns, and to skillfully recharge and prepare for the days and week to come.
Each evening will begin with a bit of instruction in the practice of seated meditation, and this instruction will help ground and inform our group's 40-minute silent seated meditation. Following the meditation there will be an open forum for discussion, reflection, sharing, and questions.
Our time together will be guided primarily by Buddhism's Four Foundations of Mindfulness – body, sensations, thoughts/emotions, and dharmas. At times our meditations will also be informed by Buddhism's Brahma Viharas (Heavenly Abodes) - loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. You need not be a Buddhist to attend, as these practices appear in one form or another in all great wisdom traditions. Also, if you find it difficult to sit on the floor for any duration, please feel free to bring what you think you may need: meditation cushion (zafu), meditation bench, or chair. If you enjoy physical yoga, vipassana meditation can be an excellent platform to deepen and mature your practice.
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1250 Addison St
Jonathan Reynolds has trained extensively in the fields of Buddhist meditation, classical yoga, and both Eastern and Western philosophies. He is a founding teacher of the Learning To Listen Yoga & Meditation Collective, a nonprofit teaching community committed to offering tools that promote conscious living. Currently he is in the process of completing JFK University’s Transpersonal Psychology Program with the intention of further integrating the practices of meditation, therapy, embodiment, and conscious relationship into his own life and work. Jonathan is a husband and a father, and currently resides in Berkeley, California, where he offers private psychotherapy sessions at Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, leads a weekly meditation group, enjoys drinking tea, and occasionally offers retreats both locally and worldwide. For further information on his work, please visit: www.ayogisway.com