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“Mindfulness and the Body: Working with Pain”
5-Week Class, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11. 7-9 PM (We do not meet on Monday, Nov. 27.)
Teacher: Carla Brennan
The Satellite, 6265 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
This 5-week class will focus on the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation with an special emphasis on working with physical pain. It is for people new to meditation as well as experienced students who would like support for their practice.
Each class will include group meditation, explanatory talks and Q & A. You will be expected to meditate daily a minimum of 20 minutes during the five weeks. Handouts and readings will be distributed each week along with assignments. A guided meditation audio will be emailed after each class.
The class will:
• Practice meditation, including several approaches for focusing the mind and paying attention.
• Receive suggestions and support for creating a regular daily practice.
• Explore what mindfulness is and is not; learn why is it effective in pain management.
• Discover how our thoughts and emotions can alleviate or intensify our pain.
• Learn what to do about pain—how to work with intense and unwanted sensations
As living creatures, we are all subject to pain; it’s serves as a simple warning that the body is injured or out of balance. Therefore, we all need to learn to respond to pain with greater ease and skill. Most pain is temporary, often fleeting or easily alleviated by medical treatments. However, many of us, due to known or unknown causes, have chronic pain which can undermine the quality of life and can be difficult to manage. This class is for people with either ordinary or chronic levels of pain.
Even with extensive modern research, the exact mechanisms of pain are still not known. But we do know that is pain is actually experienced in the brain, not the body, and that how we think about or react to pain can significantly affect its severity and intensity. Using meditation approaches, we can retrain the mind to perceive pain differently and we can create an attitude of caring attention. We can learn to relax even when experiencing intense unpleasant sensations.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing nonjudgemental awareness to our moment to moment changing experience. This approach can be applied to all aspects of life, whether we are experiencing physical sensations, sensory input, thoughts, or the vast range of feelings and emotions. Mindfulness is part of a larger group of teachings in Buddhism that can lead to spiritual maturity, increased compassion and inner freedom. These qualities contribute to more peace in our lives and in the world around us.
This is offered on a donation (dana) basis. No fee is charged. We have a suggested sliding scale of $60 – $200. However, more or less is gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Non-monetary donations are also accepted. Donations are tax-deductible.
DIRECTIONS: The Satellite, 6265 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018.
It is between The White Raven and Don Quixote’s, across from New Leaf on Route 9 on the downtown strip of Felton. (www.thesatelliteinc.com). If you arrive before 7 PM there will be someone to let you in the front door of the Satellite. The doorway directly to our room is in the back of the building. If you arrive after 7 PM (after the meditation has started), you will need to walk to the back entrance and let yourself in. You can access the back area through a narrow alleyway between The White Raven and Chopstix Restaurant.
PARKING: There are about 6 parking spaces near the back entrance that are accessed from Gushee St. which runs parallel to Route 9. You can also park on Gushee St. (There are signs that say no parking but it is legal.) If you park on the Route 9 side and arrive before 7 pm, you can enter the front door of The Satellite.
HISTORY OF DHARMA IN FELTON: One of the earliest centers for Vipassana meditation in the West was in Felton (before Insight Meditation Center and Spirit Rock). The center was called the “Dharma Vihara” (Home of the Dharma) and started by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Hall and others.
NOTE TO THE SANGHA: Out of consideration for those with allergies to chemicals and fragrances, Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation events are fragrance-free. Please respect your friends in the Dharma and refrain from using fragrances and scented products when you attend programs. A good resource for finding fragrance-free products: http://www.eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/fragrancefree.html.