Practicing Kindness with Laura J. Collins

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Practicing Kindness with Laura J. Collins

3-Week Learning Series - teaching Metta (loving kindness) Meditation

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Elk Haven Wellness Center 100 Elks Club Road Brevard, NC 28712

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Kindness isn't hard — until you try to make it an everyday practice. Join Laura Collins in October for an experiential learning series, as she leads us in making the transition from self-protection to open-hearted kindness.

In Hebrew Scriptures, a word often used to describe the nature of God is hesed, usually translated as loving-kindness. The Dalai Lama has proclaimed, “My religion is kindness.” Most of us intend to be kind and yet find ourselves falling shorter of the goal than we would like.

In this three-week series on Tuesday evenings Oct. 4, 11 & 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., we will learn Metta (loving-kindness) meditation, a Buddhist practice. Metta helps us intentionally offer kindness to ourselves, to those we know and love, to those who cause us grief, and to the world. Each week we will focus on an aspect of this style of meditation with prompts for conversation and journaling to invite us to notice where kindness is showing up in our lives or lacking. Homework to actively practice a variety of ways to express kindness will be given, and we will have a chance to discuss our observations about the practices. 

Registration is $79 per person at Eventbrite. All class materials are included with the registration fee. Indicate your desire to attend in person or online when you register. In-person attendance will be at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard.

Want to avoid Eventbrite's fees? Send a check for $79.00 to CSW, 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, N.C. 28712 and send an email to register@centersw.org to reserve your space.

Laura Collins (photo below) is an ordained minister who served three Presbyterian congregations before moving to WNC, as well as serving Unity of The Blue Ridge and the Jubilee! Community in Asheville since moving here. Laura has worked in ministries with women in prostitution, men returning from prison, refugees, and at-risk youth, and has served as a chaplain in both hospice and trauma settings. In addition to her seminary education, she has trained in contemplative spirituality at The Shalem Institute, Movement Chaplaincy with the School of Global Citizenry, and Positive Psychology.

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