Mantras for Anxiety

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at Inhabit Pilates

  • Do you find yourself struggling to slow your mind down when you feel overwhelmed?
  • Do you sleep poorly because you can’t fall asleep easily or you wake during the night?
  • Do you have a body that’s fidgety or seems to have excess energy causing foot tapping or nervous movements?

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety or not, if you’re living in modern society, you probably experience a fair amount of daily anxiety. There’s a lot about daily living that’s stressful, and this often leads to anxiety in its many forms.

If you’d like to learn how to use mantras as a way of calming the mind and helping ground yourself when you’re anxious, this is the class. You will learn how to use a “mala”, or set of prayer beads, as an anchor to the mind. If you have your own mala, please bring it with you. Includes a 30 minute silent meditation practice time. Suitable for ages 12+. (more…)

Dharmic Astrology, An Introduction

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at Inhabit Pilates

Astrology is a powerful and fun way to explore our patterning, including our strengths, predilections and working with challenges. It is so much more than a horoscope! Dharmic Astrology takes the wisdom, tools and insights of this system and leverages it to maximize our growth and unfoldment.

In this introductory-level class we will look at the very basics of how to use our natal charts to plan our spiritual engagements. We’ll do a quick survey of the different parts of our charts – sun, moon and ascendent, signs, planets and houses – and set the stage for future exploration.

If you have always wondered what astrology can offer your spiritual growth, or if you are just looking for a new way to inject energy and insight into your path, this is the right class for you. (more…)

Meditation on Compassion and Emptiness – Practice of Chenrezi

Thursdays, October 13th & 27th, November 3rd and 10th, 2016

True compassion can only be realized by the understanding of emptiness, recognizing the non-dual nature of reality and the oneness of life.  The cultivation of compassion is also the path to realization of oneness of all beings, the true beauty of ‘our’ mind and heart.

Chenrezi, also known as Avalokiteśvara, is regarded as the embodiment of boundless loving kindness and compassion.  Chenrezi meditation is an arising yoga practice, using creative imagination, to lead us to go beyond conceptual thinking and seeing, to the direct experience of the true nature of reality.

In a series of 4 classes, we will dive into the practice of Chenrezi to experience first hand the true nature of our mind and emptiness.  In each class we will go through the meditation instructions in detail, and let the practice take us to the inner space of the mind.  Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join.

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A 21st Century Spiritual Awakening

Thursdays on September 22, September 29th, and October 6th, 2016

The great wisdom traditions of the world have for millennia described the rich internal landscape of the human mind. Systems like Buddhist psychology (the Abhidhamma) offer maps and techniques to find greater inner peace.

The modern era and its new contributions – such as psychology – have opened up a fuller understanding of the human spiritual experience. In doing so, we now have access to a fuller awakening than ever before.

Ken Wilber and his colleagues have taken the 21st century tool of Integral Theory and have applied it to the domain of spirituality. Integral Theory is a tool that allows us to examine all aspects of experience. 

This work is a game changer. It transforms our ability to leverage our learning and life experiences to expand our consciousness, unfold our being and increase our capacity to be clear, compassionate and fully engaged in the complex context of our 21st century lives. (more…)

The Key to Freedom

Thursdays, September 8 & 15, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Meditation offers a great key to unlock the mysteries of the mind. If you’re looking for a place to explore your own spirituality, this is the place. The first 2 classes of the Fall series will help you get out of “the basement” of your life and move into “the penthouse” of your vision for who can become.

In the first class on Sept. 8 you will be encouraged to summon 5 faculties to help you make the transition beyond your small and separate ego.  The second class on Sept. 15 will show you how to ride out the hindrances to keep yourself on track to living the life you want, and to recognize your patterns that hold you back.

These 2 classes will be taught by Linda Hochstetler, and are based on Chapter 7 in Dharma If You Dare: Living Life with Abandon, by Doug Duncan. The full book can be purchased as an e-book at Amazon.  (more…)

Meditation Boot Camp

Thursday July 28th, 2016

Want to establish a regular meditation practice? Want to reap the benefits of a clear mind? Ready to let go of anxiety and unhelpful personal narratives?

In many ways, meditation is to our minds what exercise is to our bodies. Setting up a sustainable practice requires determination, consistency and accountability. It is also easier (and more fun) when we train with others and when we have the support of trainers.

During this class we’ll be looking at how to establish a routine that fits your life:

  • Setting up a space
  • Establishing a schedule and routine
  • Keeping on track: rewards and accountability

We’ll also review the basics of meditation and help you find a practice that suits you best. As time allows, we’ll also look at other practices that can support a mindful life. (more…)

Exploring the Quadruple Bottom Line

Thursdays, June 23, June 30, July 14 & July 27, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

June 23: Financial
Is your personal life financially sustainable? Do you earn and spend your money in a way that matches your priorities? Are you a warrior generating an abundance for yourself and your world? Using “money coaching” archetypes we will explore where you are financially and how to get and keep yourself more in line with your other values.

June 30: Social
How connected are you to others? There are 3 levels of connections – close up, middle, and far away, and most of us struggle with one of these levels. Learn how be more at peace with yourself, and explore how you use your social connections to more sustainably live with others.

July 14: Environmental
After you’ve taken care of yourself and your own social needs, how do you spread this out to the environment and the whole world? Is it necessary to be an environmentalist to be awakened? Consider how connected you are to choices that impact the environment and how aligned they are to your spiritual aspirations.

July 21: Spiritual
We will begin with a brief overview of Buddhism as a spiritual practice. From there, we will further look at the basic tenants of Buddhism and how sustainable they are. (more…)

Bringing Mindfulness and Awareness into Daily Activities

Thursday, June 2nd, June 16th and July 7th, 2016 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Bat Fung will be leading us in mindfulness meditation practice for 3 weekly sessions starting from the 2nd June.  Mindfulness meditation is the practice of bringing a non-judgmental, friendly, open-hearted, and accepting way of looking at anything that arises in awareness. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, we can learn to spend less time on “auto pilot” and live more fully and be more present.  Each class will include an overview of some principles of mindfulness, as well as at least 30 minutes of silent mindfulness meditation practice.  New and experienced meditators alike are welcome.

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Why Meditation Alone Doesn’t Work

Thursday May 19th, 2016

There was a time when it was easier to awaken through a path of meditation. People’s worlds were smaller and simpler and, depending on where you were in the world, pursuing the life of a spiritual practitioner (like a monk or a nun) would have been a more common path.

Modern life, especially for those living in the city, rarely allows for the kind of in-depth meditation practice needed to awaken as a methodology alone.

This is not to say that meditation is not important. A strong meditative/contemplative component is a vital part of a spiritual practice. Rather that in these busy and complex times, a meditation practice is unlikely to lead to awakening on its own. “Professional” meditators meditate upwards of 20 hours a day for extended periods throughout a year. The number of people with the opportunity – not to mention the proclivity – to practice like this is very small.

So, what do we have to do in addition to meditation in order to realize significant spiritual unfoldment, and awakening, in our lifetime? We will be exploring this during this week’s class.

As always, we will be incorporating 30 minutes of meditation practice into the class.

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The Fast Track to Spiritual Awakening

Thursday May 26th, 2016

These days we are constantly looking for ways to do things faster and with less effort. The good news is that in terms of spiritual unfoldment, there are ways to satisfy the first requirement: speeding up our progress. (Sorry to say that the effort piece can’t be avoided… 😉 )

If we are willing to accept the challenge of meeting our limiting conditioning head on, to swim directly upstream to the flow of our karma, we have access to a powerful and joyful method of unfolding. By embracing the principle of short-term discomfort for long-term freedom we can make dramatic changes to our levels of stress. sense of connection, peace of mind and compassion.

Come to this talk and meditation practice to explore ways to jumpstart and turbocharge your awakening journey. As always, we will be incorporating 30 minutes of meditation practice into the class.

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