Introduction to Mindfulness: Four Week Online Course

Starting May 25th-June 15th for Four Consecutive Wednesdays on Zoom from 7-8pm

Session One May 25th : What Is Mindfulness? Learn the basics of mindfulness, why it is a powerful life skill and some common misconceptions about meditation practice. We will have a short practice and Q&A each class to help deepen your practice.

Session Two June 1st: Being Fully Human: Working with Emotions. In this session we will be working with our breathe more and sensations in the body as they relate to emotions. This will be a great foundation for connecting with your emotions with more acceptance and compassionate boundaries.

Session Three June 8th: The Wise Heart: Do ever feel drained and saddened by the events in the world? Or something in your personal life? We all have experienced suffering in some form. We can also share collective healing by connecting with the wisdom of our hearts. In this session we will be discovering how mindful loving kindness can support us and allow us to increase our resiliency and compassion.

Session Four June 15th: Bringing Your Practice into the World. In this final session, we will review mindfulness skills practice from the prior weeks and how to bring your practice into your daily life in many forms. We will also touch on how mindfulness practice can support of social activism, intentionality and wisdom for you and your community.

Cost: Donation only-Recommended 100$ for the series or any amount you can offer.

To Register: Please email me at lindsayhuettman@soulstewardscounseling.com

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions:

These sessions are open to all folks. Through my teacher training we follow these agreements to be in safe respectful community and awareness around diversity, equality, accessibility and inclusion.

(From East Bay Meditation Center and adapted from Visions Inc., “Guidelines for Productive Work Sessions”)

TRY IT ON: Be willing to “try on” new ideas, or ways of doing things
that might not be what you prefer or are familiar with.


PRACTICE SELF FOCUS: Attend to and speak about your own experiences
and responses. Do not speak for a whole group or express assumptions
about the experience of others.


UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTENT AND IMPACT:
Try to understand and acknowledge impact. Denying the impact of something said
by focusing on intent is often more destructive than the initial interaction.


PRACTICE “BOTH / AND”: When speaking, substitute “and” for “but.”
This practice acknowledges and honors multiple realities.


REFRAIN FROM BLAMING OR SHAMING SELF & OTHERS:
Practice giving skillful feedback.


MOVE UP / MOVE BACK: Encourage full participation by all present.
Take note of who is speaking and who is not. If you tend to speak often,
consider “moving back” and vice versa.


PRACTICE MINDFUL LISTENING: Try to avoid planning what you’ll say
as you listen to others. Be willing to be surprised, to learn something new.
Listen with your whole self.


CONFIDENTIALITY: Take home learnings but don’t identify anyone
other than yourself, now or later. If you want to follow up with anyone regarding
something they said in this session, ask first and respect their wishes.


RIGHT TO PASS: You can say “I pass” if you don’t wish to speak.
http://www.eastbaymeditation.org
http://www.visions-inc.org

MMTCP (Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program): This course is offered as one of many more coming from my two year teacher training certification with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. I am a long time meditator and am now certifying as a meditation teacher. This course may have audio recorded ONLY for certification purpose and will be mostly of me teaching and one Q&A session. You are in a completely confidential group as no names, etc. would be shared without your permission. I will also let you know if I intend to record a Q&A session beforehand. Please let me know if you have any questions!