Everyday Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation + Mindfulness Practices
Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy and happiness to ourselves and others….We can smile, breathe, walk and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living.
—Thich Nhat Hanh from Peace Is Every Step
Peace is present right here and now in each and every moment. The question is whether or not we are in touch with this. Meditation and mindfulness are practices that put us back in touch with life — in the here and now.Our everyday activities such as cooking dinner, walking the dog, washing dishes and doing laundry can be a source of joy and happiness for us.
Mindfulness is about being aware. It entails noticing and paying attention to thoughts, feelings, behavior and everything happening around us. It can be practiced at any time, wherever we are, whoever we are with and whatever we are doing. By showing up and being fully engaged, we step into our true life in the present moment.
Meditation is about awareness as well as gaining a healthier perspective. It is does not involve changing who you are or becoming a better person. While meditating we are not trying to turn off or change our thoughts and feelings, but rather we are learning to observe them without judgement.
Wednesday October 9th
Have you thought about exploring meditation and mindfulness but don’t know where to begin or you feel intimidated? I can relate. I remember having these feelings when I first began. Learning meditation and mindfulness takes practice. Perfection is not part of the plan. It is completely normal if your focus and mind wander. That’s OK. It’s all part of the experience. What is most important is consistency and showing up. It takes time to know mind and it may feel like there are setbacks, but this is all part of the journey. Just by showing up you change your life and your ways.
This class is offered as a compassionate reminder that happiness and joy are possible only in the present moment. Join this class in a warm and welcoming environment to explore and learn more about mindfulness and meditation practices. Information will be presented in a down-to-earth and everyday way in a small group setting.
This class is right for you if…..
- Meditation + mindfulness are new to you
- You are curious or want to learn more about meditation + mindfulness
- You have felt intimated by these practices in the past
- You have tried meditation or mindfulness before but feel you have “failed”
- You would like to explore different ways to bring meditation + mindfulness into your everyday life
Lynn Salmon-Easter first encountered meditation during a yoga class while living in New York City in 1996. In 2000 she experienced her first introduction to a formal meditation practice. Since this experience, Lynn has studied multiple modalities of meditation and continues to explore ways to bring awareness and mindfulness to her everyday life.
Sitting on the floor is NOT required for this class. There are no special requirements. All you need is yourself:)
We will do most of our learning in chairs with a brief focus on walking meditation. Please know this class is an introduction. Handouts containing class materials discussed as well as a lengthly list of resources will be provided for future reference, research and for anyone with a desire to be supported in beginning a regular meditation practice. Please come with an open heart and mind and we will live, love and learn together!!
Lynn is a highly intuitive, empathic and creative person. She creates a session that is uniquely yours. She uses her skills as a Reiki Master and her knowledge in Healing Touch and works with you to balance, harmonize and clear your energy by following your body’s unique energetic needs. She has been exploring and deepening her own understanding of self-care and wellness and believes self-care is a form of self-love. She has learned from her own journey that when she comes back to self-care and love again and again — she returns to her true and essential nature of non-judgment, joy and peace. She would like to help others to do the same as she feels called to be a practitioner and to spread love!