Meditation in Everyday Life (Online)
with Elizabeth Reid & Naoko Kojima
February 3 / 7:00 PM - March 3 / 9:00 PM
Open to all
This course is designed for new and returning meditators looking for an accessible venue to explore and deepen mindfulness-awareness meditation. Meditation in Everyday Life can also serve as a precursor to the Shambhala Training series.
This Meditation in Everyday Life course is being hosted by the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, with four other regional Shambhala Centers participating virtually.
"By making a deep connection to the present moment and understanding our mind through the practice of meditation, we learn to make friends with ourselves…"
It is important to acknowledge that we are still adjusting to our "new normal" while reckoning with the extraordinary year we just lived through. This is the perfect moment to take stock of our lives and re-engage with the world in a more mindful way.
While meditation has many proven benefits, it is important to establish a consistent personal practice. This five-part course is designed to help new meditators learn the basics of mindfulness meditation practice and how to bring its benefits into their daily lives. It is also helpful for more experienced meditators in stabilizing and deepening their practice and daily discipline.
By combining technique and view in a setting of support and community, Meditation In Everyday Life provides you with all the tools you need to establish a strong meditation practice.
By establishing a consistent meditation practice, we learn to relax and simply be with whatever is going on in our lives. Over time, meditation helps us cultivate stability, gentleness, humor and courage in the face of all the complexities we experience — our jobs, relationships and all aspects of daily life — so that we can bring sanity, clarity and compassion into our world, expanding outward to our friends, family, neighbors and society as a whole.
Meditation In Everyday Life consists of 5 classes addressing the following areas:
Class 1: Peaceful Abiding and Basic Goodness
Class 2: Mindfulness, Awareness and Gathering the Mind
Class 3: Obstacles & Antidotes: Working With Thoughts
Class 4: Genuine Heart of Sadness
Class 5: Everyday Life and Enlightened Society
Give yourself the gift of meditation and infuse your life and the lives of those around you with compassion, caring and kindness.
About the Teachers:
Shastri Elizabeth Reid has been with the New York Shambhala community since the mid 80s, having been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and later becoming a student of Sakyong Mipham. With a background in theatre, dance, and photography, she was inspired by the Dharma Art teachings of Shambhala, and for several years led contemplative photography workshops at the center. Realizing the importance of embodiment on the path, she became an Alexander Technique teacher and offers AT based exercises in most of her teaching. She is eternally grateful to have happened upon this lineage, these teachings and teachers, knowing that the incredible wisdom we hold is ours to call forth in these tumultuous times.
Naoko Kojima has been a student in the Shambhala tradition since 2007. She has served Shambhala New York in various capacities and is currently a member of the Finance Committee. Since 2017, she has been facilitating conversations for Racial Justice & Dharma group which she finds the most challenging and rewarding work.
Meditation in Everyday Life is the first class in the Shambhala Training curriculum. The Shambhala Training path is a secular course of practice and study suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition. This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.
Open to all. Zoom information will be sent prior to the class. The Patron rate makes it possible to support our online programming at this time. Registration is limited so please register soon!
Please register in advance; last minute registrants run the risk of not receiving their Zoom link in time to attend.