Mindfulness Practices for Uncertain Times
Wednesdays 7-8:30pm, January 10 – March 7th
Join us this winter at the Listening Wellness Center Yoga Studio for a series of teachings and discussion centered around practicing mindfulness in an uncertain social, environmental, and economic climate. The series will be led by Éowyn Ahlstrom, who teaches here at Listening, is an adjunct faculty member at the UMass Center for Mindfulness, and often leads yoga practice for silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society.
Each session will begin with a guided meditation practice, followed by teachings and discussion. Practices will include sitting, standing, and gentle mindful yoga. The following questions will be addressed:
- How can mindfulness practices support us in sane, decent living in challenging times?
- How can mindfulness practices help us establish a strong peaceful heart from which to act, especially in confusing situations?
Each week the teachings will focus on a theme as follows:
Jan 10: Navigating Uncertainty
Jan 17: Listening & Speaking with Care
Jan 24: Exploring Truthfulness and Beliefs
Jan 31: Riding Waves of Grief
Feb 7: Bringing Compassion to Bear
Feb 14: Transforming Anger and Fear
Feb 21: Accessing Hopefulness
Feb 28: Opening to Interconnectedness
March 7: Taking Action
All who are interested in practicing mindfulness are welcome to drop in for one or all nine sessions, which Éowyn is offering freely. Donations to the Listening Wellness Center will be accepted from those who wish to contribute.
More about the course teacher, Éowyn Ahlstrom: She first encountered meditation and yoga more than twenty years ago and has been practicing avidly ever since. Éowyn has made mindfulness practice a central priority in her life, attending many silent meditation retreats and yoga practice courses, as well as deeply studying both ancient and modern texts regarding these practices. Éowyn is a registered yoga teacher and a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher, as well as being a licensed massage therapist. She is approaching the completion of her Master’s degree in Education in June 2018.