Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Weekly Online Class with Jennifer Sigrest
About the Event
WED 8/31/22, 6:00-7:00pm - Orientation Session
WED 9/07/22, 6:00-7:30pm - Class 1: Introduction to Mindfulness
WED 9/14/22, 6:00-7:30pm - Class 2: Mindfulness of Emotions
WED 9/21/22, 6:00-7:30pm - Class 3: Working with Thoughts and Beliefs
WED 9/28/22, 6:00-7:30pm - Class 4: The Wise Heart
About The Course
Mindfulness practice has a wide array of physical and mental benefits including improvement of immune functioning, lowering of blood pressure, better self regulation, and overall improvement of well-being. This course offers training in the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation and includes an orientation session and four 90- minute weekly classes. Classes will include didactic teachings, guided meditation practice, and encouragement of specific practices between classes. No prior experience with mindfulness practices or meditation is required.
The Orientation Session will include class introductions, an overview of the course, review of logistical issues, and the setting of group guidelines.
Class 1: Introduction to Mindfulness will include introductory teachings about mindfulness and meditation and the four aspects of practice. There will be a talk about mindfulness of the breath and body followed by a guided meditation.
Class 2: Mindfulness of Emotions will include teachings about the window of tolerance and mindfulness of emotions. The guided meditation will be related to mindfulness of emotions.
Class 3: Working with Thoughts and Beliefs will include teachings about changing relationship to thoughts, noticing the impermanence of thoughts, noticing thoughts that cause suffering, and a guided meditation related to the discussion.
Class 4: The Wise Heart will include an overview of the heart practices with a focus on lovingkindness. The meditation practice in this class will be a guided metta meditation.
Jennifer Sigrest, LPC, NCC is a professional counselor and owner of Lotus Place Counseling, where she specializes in working with people experiencing anxiety and traumatic stress using a mindfulness-based approach. An avid student of meditation, she is completing teacher certification in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) with the Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley, the Awareness Training Institute, and Sounds True under the direction of renowned meditation teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
Teacher Professional and Social Links
Some Pali terms will be used in discussions of origins of teachings, but will be explained to students in present-day terms
If you have questions or need additional information about this retreat or other Flowering Lotus program offerings, please contact:
Beth Herzig, Retreat Director
We ask that you support Flowering Lotus and those whose needs are greater by registering at the highest level ($75, $50, $25) with which you’re comfortable.
All are welcome to participate, regardless of ability to pay. If you are unable to pay the minimum $25 registration, select “Scholarship”, and no payment will be required.
There will be an opportunity to make a dana* contribution in any amount, to Flowering Lotus and the teachers at the online event. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teacher; but also the Sangha (Flowering Lotus); the larger Dharma community; and, most importantly, your own practice.
*Dana is a Pali word that is generally translated “generosity.” We are taught to practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for services rendered – it is given from the heart. Dana is the first theme in the Buddha’s system of gradual training and the first of the three grounds for meritorious action.