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    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • FCM 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Join Workshop Leader Darlene Stewart in a gentle yet transformative exploration of the stories and narratives that limit us and cause us pain.




    Who would you be without your story?   Is it true?


    Most of us live with painful and self-limiting stories and narratives about ourselves and others that are never challenged. We have thoughts and stories about our relationships, body image, addiction, fear and more. This daylong experiential workshop is based on "The Work," a method of self-inquiry developed by teacher and author Byron Katie (Katie) to help us identify and question the truth of these stories so there is more joy and ease in our lives. 


    Katie, in the midst of a 'normal life', sank into a debilitating 10-year depression that become so severe she required in-patient care. Then one morning in 1986, Katie woke up to find that her suffering was gone, replaced by a deep joyous clarity. In that clarity Katie realized that every painful feeling – anger, loneliness, fear – is the result of believing a thought that isn’t true.


    “I discovered that when I believed my stressful thoughts, I suffered, but when I didn’t believe them. I didn’t suffer and that this is true for every human being.  Freedom is as simple as that. Suffering is optional.  I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment.  That joy is in everyone, always.”     --Byron Katie


    Katie’s realization resulted in a method of questioning the validity of stressful thoughts so we can see for ourselves if what we believe is actually true or not. Katie calls this process of self-inquiry, “The Work”.


    The Work asks 4 questions:

    1. Is this stressful thought true?  
    2. Can I know absolutely that it’s true?
    3. How do I react when I believe this thought? 
    4. How would I be without this thought?

      The 5th step is called The Turnaround. This is a fascinating process for examining the thought from 3 different perspectives. The Turnaround reveals hidden inconsistencies, projections and conditioning in a way that, if we are open to it, is utterly freeing. This workshop will introduce the “Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet”, which each participant will complete with a stressful thought of their own to provide a template for the day’s work of self-discovery.


      “As long as you think that anyone or anything else is responsible for your suffering, the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you can’t help but suffer. Behind your suffering is an unexamined thought. So examine your thinking and begin to set yourself free.”     --Byron Katie


      Our FCM workshop presenter, Darlene Stewart, has attended workshops with Katie since 2012. In 2017, she attended the 9-Day School For The Work, which focused on learning to do The Work for oneself as well as how to facilitate it for others. Darlene does The Work regularly for herself and has facilitated Worksheets for many others who have found it particularly helpful in resolving conflicted, stressful situations.


      Learning Objectives:

      • Participants will be introduced to the “Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet from “The Work” of Byron Katie
      • Participants will learn how to: 
        • Identify one stressful thought
        • Ask 4 clarifying questions about that thought
        • Turn the thought around 3 ways to test for validity

      This class is approved for 6 Continuing Education Credits for LMHC; LCSW; LMFT 


      Darlene Stewart retired as Vice President of Clinical Services for Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties, where she worked for 16 years supervising clinical trauma services to child victims and families of abuse and neglect. Before that, Darlene worked as Clinical Supervisor and Mental Health Counselor providing direct services to clients in outpatient mental health centers in Oregon and Florida, working with children & families, alcohol/drug treatment and general mental health issues. Darlene has practiced mindfulness in her daily life and at work since 1997. 


      *Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-14766. This course is approved for 6 CEU’s. Credit will only be awarded with verification of attendance.


      *Grievance Procedure: Mail a statement describing your complaint to Director of Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals; 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604



      • 03 Mar 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 14
      Register

      Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


      Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


       Learning Objectives:
      • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
      • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
      • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
      • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
      • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
      This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, March 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


      Class Instructors:

      Maria Teresa Jaureguizar began practicing zazen meditation in 1995 and took refuge and the Five Precepts from Gyokoko Carlson in 1996 at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon.  Upon moving to Florida with her spouse, and finding the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and will be ordained in the Order of Interbeing in 2019.  Maria Teresa completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program in 2018 and finds great joy in chanting, serving as bell master, and mentoring. 


      Andrew Rock and his wife Nancy Natilson have been members of FCM and students of Fred Eppsteiner since 2004.  He was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011.  Andrew has served on the FCM Board, and as a bellmaster, presenter and Head of Meditation Hall in FCM’s Tampa Practice Center, and as a mentor and small group leader in FCM intensives.  He has led workshops for FCM’s Mindfulness Institute on mindful consumption, engaged Buddhism and mindfulness for activists, and is a founder of the Buddhist Climate Action Network.  Andrew and Nancy live in Seminole Heights, Tampa and on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.


      • 07 Mar 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      Many consider Yogacara to be the pinnacle in the development of Buddhist philosophical and psychological thought in India and the basis of the Buddhist meditative tradition. It posits that it is our mind or consciousness that constructs our reality, not the events of the ‘external world’. Although the meaning we give to events and our emotional responses to life are all arising in our minds, we mistakenly believe that our thoughts and beliefs about life are the same as life itself.

      The profound psychology of Yogacara is based on viewing the mind as having eight levels, involving the six sensory consciousness, the sense of a self consciousness, and the storehouse consciousness. Our life experiences are patterned on our deep attachment to the largely unobserved self/ego, which constantly contaminates our experiences and creates an endless flow of misperceptions. As well, through ignorance we continue to water unwholesome seeds of suffering in the storehouse consciousness, rather than watering wholesome seeds which bring happiness.

      In this workshop, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner will offer teachings, meditations and analytical reflections from the Yogacara methodology intended to uproot distorted views and endless mental and emotional projects so we can see things as they really are and wake up. Transformation and freedom is the heart of Yogacara. This workshop will meet the needs for both laypeople and professionals to deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology.


      Workshop Instructor

      Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.



      * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 4 hours.


      Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure

      Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.


      Questions? E-mail us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.

      • 11 Apr 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 25
      Register

      The afflictive emotion of anger – including the range of emotions from low level irritation, frustration, resentment and jealousy to full blown rage – is one of the most destructive forces we face as human beings. This is true of anger experienced in our personal lives as well as societal anger that wreaks so much havoc upon people everywhere.


      We have each acquired our own personal anger patterns due to our conditioning in life; we certainly don’t consciously choose to be irritable, resentful or angry. Thus, we can be gentle and understanding of ourselves as we are today, while at the same time knowing that with mindfulness we can create new conditions that will help to uproot anger and bring more joy into our lives.


      Buddhist psychology offers much wisdom for working skillfully to transform anger through the practices of mindfulness and the cultivation of understanding and patience. These teachings have proven beneficial for over 2600 years in helping individuals to uproot anger and experience more joy in their lives. 


      In our workshop we will explore the following fundamental principles essential for loosening the knots of anger, including:

      • What is anger?
      • The destructiveness of anger and how it has manifested in our lives
      • The sources and causes of anger
      • Is anger ever useful?
      • Using understanding to unknot anger and cultivate patience
      • What to do when anger has already arisen in the mind

      The workshop will include instruction, reflections and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


      The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 20. The cost is $75. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


      Workshop Leaders


      Betsy Arizu has been interested in Buddhism for over 30 years as a counselor and artist. Her formal study began in 2011 when she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner and a practicing member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. In 2015 she was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing, a community of lay and monastic practitioners established by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn. She leads mindfulness workshops for educators, psychologists, school and mental health counselors and social workers. 


      Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program. Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016.




      • 06 May 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 29
      Register

      Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


      Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


       Learning Objectives:
      • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
      • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
      • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
      • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
      • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
      This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


      Class Instructors:

      Nancy Natilson has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for 20 years. She is an active member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness and has facilitated many workshops including Mindful Leadership, Mindful Eating and Mindfulness at WorkShe also enjoys introducing meditation and mindfulness to staff and board members of community organizations and companies through participatory workshops.


      Evelyn Hasemanhas been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness since the late 70’s during which time she lived and worked in a Buddhist retreat center for a couple of years. She has attended numerous Buddhists meditation retreats and is committed to a path of mindfulness. Evelyn met Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) where she facilitates a group for FCM members who are Living with Illness and also serves as Sangha Well-Being lead.  


      • 07 Jul 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 30
      Register

      Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


      Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


       Learning Objectives:
      • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
      • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
      • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
      • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
      • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
      This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


      Class Instructors:

      Maria Sgambati has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh's for more than 15 years.  Since moving back to Florida in 2013, she has been studying with teacher Fred Eppsteiner.  Maria is a member of the Order of Interbeing with the Dharma name True Unfolding Fulfillment, a current student in the Dharma Transmission Program and serves as the FCM Resident Caretaker.


      David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught and co-taught Mindfulness for Educators and Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He is currently serving as Membership Coordinator.


      • 02 Sep 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 30
      Register

      Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


      Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


       Learning Objectives:
      • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
      • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
      • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
      • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
      • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
      This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


      Class Instructors:

      Diana Fish became interested in mindfulness and meditation in 2012 after reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. After a long career as a professional cellist, she moved to St.Petersburg in 2013 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness where she has been an active member and a student in the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program.  Diana recently completed a Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center and is now an interfaith chaplain intern at Tampa General Hospital.


      Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and  a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program.  Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016. 

      • 28 Oct 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 30
      Register

      Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


      Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


       Learning Objectives:
      • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
      • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
      • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
      • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
      • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
      This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, October 28 and November 4, 11 & 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


      Class Instructors:

      Evelyn Haseman has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness since the late 70’s during which time she lived and worked in a Buddhist retreat center for a couple of years. She has attended numerous Buddhists meditation retreats and is committed to a path of mindfulness. Evelyn met Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) where she facilitates a group for FCM members who are Living with Illness and also serves as Sangha Well-Being lead.


      David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught and co-taught Mindfulness for Educators and Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He is currently serving as Membership Coordinator.

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    6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33604

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