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Arriving in Presence:
Practicing Mindfulness in the New Year

A two-part mini-retreat focused on discovering anew the benefits of mindfulness practice.

Thursdays January 27 & February 3 via Zoom, 9:30-11:30 am ET

 

Begin 2022 with presence, perspective, and possibility. Whether you're looking to increase wellness, enhance relationships, or reduce stress, learning the skills of mindfulness meditation can be the key! This two-session series offers an opportunity for both new and experienced meditators to discover anew the benefits of mindfulness practice.

 

Together, we’ll explore sitting practice along with reflective practices to enliven gratitude, kindness, and compassion. Poetry will inspire reflection as we focus on attitudes and routines that support ongoing practice and strengthen our capacity for loving awareness and beloved community. May our shared practice bring peace within, rippling out into peace in our relationships and our world.

With practice, we can:

  • Train attention in ways that shift us from the dullness of autopilot to more clear, vibrant pathways of compassion, care, and connectedness.

  • Begin again in 2022 by pausing, allowing us to carefully tend what brings meaning, vitality, and joy to our living.

  • Tune into the wisdom of the body, opening pathways of health and wholeness.

  • Develop habits of mind and heart that open us to respond to life is wise, kind, and balanced ways.

Kay Stewart, M.Ed. will facilitate the series, informed by evidence-based practices from the world-renowned Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program.
 

Pay what you can — no pressure! Larger donations help sustain our programs and fund scholarships for to those with limited capacity to pay yet want to attend.

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Bringing Our Best Selves to This Time ...
A Contemplative Practice Circle

Join Robby & Kay, Meeting weekly via Zoom

Wednesdays from 1-2 pm ET, ongoing through 2021

What you practice grows stronger!!  Science offers much evidence to support the knowing that well-being is a discipline and a skill, and with regular practice, we can literally rewire our brains to strengthen compassion, care, and connectedness. 

 

Join us as we set aside time, in community, to explore practices to ground us in presence and sustain us as we move through unprecedented and unsettling times Our intention is to invite a regular rhythm of practice as we offer a safe place of refuge to slow down and listen deeply to ourselves and each other.  Each week, we’ll guide you as together explore various practices, including meditation, mindful dialogue, gentle chair yoga, and poetic inquiry.  Let’s wake up our best selves by strengthening our human capacity for loving awareness, connection, compassion, and embodied peace.  

 

Our practice circle is offered tuition-free, yet donations to Shallowford Family Counseling Center are welcome as we seek to illuminate and sustain the inner work of well-being as a spiritual foundation for a more grace-filled, loving world.

 

What you practice grows stronger … Our practice circle facilitates practices to:

 

  • Deepen presence

  • Awaken kindness, compassion, 

  • Create space to respond rather than react

  • Tap into hope and joy, especially in challenging times

  • Contribute to the healing of body, mind, and spirit

  • Accept hardship as a pathway to peace

  • Live a mindful, wholehearted life

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Practice Grateful Living –
Monthly Gratefulness Gatherings

Join Robby & Kay, meeting the 4th SUNDAY of each month via Zoom, 8-9 pm ET. Tuition-free. 

 

Grateful living is a way of life.
Learn to focus attention on and acknowledge that life is a gift.  

 

Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to explore grateful living in community. Even in the most challenging times, living gratefully makes us aware of opportunities to learn and grow, and to extend ourselves with care and compassion to others. 

 

Gratefulness Gatherings facilitates practices to:

  • Anchor hope and trust in life, especially in challenging times

  • Unleash joy

  • Awaken kindness, compassion, and generosity

  • Inspire the impulse to serve with humility

  • Contribute to the healing of body, mind, and spirit

  • Offer pathways from conflict to peace

  • Have an engaged YES to a mindful, wholehearted life
     

Our hope is that these offerings evoke a feeling of "great fullness" and give you a taste of the transformative possibilities contained within living life with grateful attention.

Shallowford Family Counseling Center offers tuition-free Gratefulness Gatherings in partnership with the Network for Grateful Living, a global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.  Discover more about the mission of the Network for Grateful Living at gratefulness.org.

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