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Spiritual Friends Groups

Spiritual Friends Groups, sometimes called by the Pali term, Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups, are small groups of FCM members who commit to meeting together on a regular basis to discuss and share their experiences in the practice. They are a powerful means of strengthening and broadening one's practice. The group setting provides an opportunity for members to practice deep listening and sharing, and to support and nurture each other in efforts to bring the practice into daily life. They are an enjoyable way to form connections and friendships with others with similar interests and perhaps similar challenges. 

Groups typically include meditation and Dharma sharing. In Dharma sharing members are able to benefit from each other's experiences by sharing the joys, difficulties, insights, and aspirations of their practice. Group members develop a deep sense of trust and acceptance that allows for true exploration of their Dharma journeys of personal transformation. 

Current FCM Spiritual Friends Groups:

  • Living with Illness  is for those members who are experiencing chronic illness or are caring for loved ones with chronic illness. Practicing in the midst of illness can be a challenge and through Dharma sharing members are able to benefit from each other's experiences and insight.  A four-month commitment to participate helps build a culture of caring, support and trust within the group. A recommended resource book is How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide by Toni Bernhard (2015).  For more information to see if this group might be right for you  please click here
  • Mindful Parenting  is for FCM mom's and dads. The mission of this group is to nurture and support one another's Dharma practice through the role of being a parent. Incorporating one's practice into the parenting relationship, carving out time for personal practice, and the particular challenges of parenting to one's practice are areas of focus. This group meets via Zoom.  For more information contact Karuna at Karunaee@gmail.com.
  • Phone Sanghas are Spiritual Friends Groups for out of area members who are unable to attend weekly meditation sessions in Tampa, St. Petersburg or Naples.  They  meet through Zoom audio.  For more information click here
  • Naples Spiritual Friends Group meet together for peer study of various Dharma topics including relationships, and nourishing well-being through the practice of the Four Nutriments.  For more information contact John at jmcharris2@yahoo.com.

If you would like to know more about the Spiritual Friends Groups or would like to discuss the possibility of creating new ones please contact the Community Care Leader at Community-Care-Leader@floridamindfulness.org

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