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    • 26 Feb 2024
    • Online (FCM Members)
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    February 26 - May 20, 2024


    We are starting our winter/spring session for the Dharma Buddies Program, February 26 - May 20. FCM members have found this program a great way to help us set and remember daily intentions which water our aspiration with the support of a buddy whom you connect with briefly via text or email each day. Your buddy supports you in these daily intentions by being present to read and respond to your written intention. 


    An aspiration is a core heartfelt wish of how we want to live our lives. It is our north star, the underlying force that guides us to do what we do. An aspiration brings clarity and that helps us make decisions that bring us a happier life. We want to look deeply into our hearts to find our aspiration. Take time to reflect on your aspiration. An example of an aspiration is to be more mindful and aware in my daily life.


    Daily intentions water our aspiration. Visualize how your specific intention will materialize in your life each day. You want to decide where, when and how you will practice your intention. An intention to water an aspiration to be more mindful might be – During our family gathering today, I will be patient with the youngest attention seeking grandchild and respond with a calm understanding voice. Practicing your intention even for a short time each day is powerful. As your practice of intentions deepens, you will find yourself being aware of it in your thoughts, speech and actions more frequently. Remember intentions may change daily based on what is happening in your life but your aspiration stays constant.


    Dharma Buddy Commitments:

    • Please make a commitment to yourself and to your buddy to connect daily for the duration of this Dharma Buddy session, February 26 – May 20, 2024.
    • Reflect deeply on identifying your aspiration before meeting with your buddy. Know your aspiration and share it with your buddy. Aspiration example: I want to be more caring and compassionate to others.
    • Schedule an initial meeting to get to know your buddy. This may take place on the phone (face time if possible) or in-person and may take longer than most of your connections.
    • Discuss the following at this initial meeting with your buddy:
    1. Share about yourself and what may have brought you to FCM.
    2. Share your aspiration, your heartfelt wish, of how you want to show up in your life.
    3. Discuss your understanding of how an intention waters the seeds of your aspiration. Make sure both of you understand how to set specific intentions that identify where, when and how you will practice them depending on your daily schedule and activities. 
    4. Agree on a daily method of contact (text or email). You want to keep your responses short to keep the process of sharing intentions flowing daily.
    5. Discuss the time of day you will typically send your intentions? Set a schedule which will work for both of you. Many buddies do this first thing in the morning.
    • After your initial meeting start the next day setting your intention which supports your aspiration. Make sure your intention is concrete and identifies where, when and how you will practice your intention. This small act of setting your intention daily is profound and will bring change in your life. 
    • You support each other by reading the daily intention and responding. This response can be a short response of encouragement or even just an emoji with a thumbs up.
    • Reflect daily before sleeping how that day’s intention helped to manifest your core aspiration. This helps to keep you more honest and accountable with yourself and does not need to be shared with anyone. If you forgot your intention, and this will happen, then you can start over again the next day with no judgement! 

    You may request a specific buddy but if you are in an intensive class, please select someone in your intensive. When asking for a specific buddy, both buddies must send an email to evelynhaseman@gmail.com.


    If you are registered for the Mindful Living Path Intensive (MLP): The Foundations of Mindfulness on the Path of Awakening, you will automatically be paired with a buddy in this intensive. You DO NOT need to register for the Dharma Buddies program if you are registered for the MLP: The Foundations of Mindfulness intensive. 


    Please note that participation in the Dharma Buddies Program is open only to FCM members. There is no fee for this opportunity to “buddy up”.  

    Registration will be open until February 9. 


    If you have any questions, contact Evie Haseman evelynhaseman@gmail.com.


    • 05 Mar 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Maria Teresa Jaureguizar and Bill Mac Millen


    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 Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as FCM Community Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, and spending time in nature.

    She is happily married and has two dogs, a bunny, and a bird.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and assists in leading a number of FCM offerings to both members and guests.

    • 09 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    With Marilyn Warlick, Alex Lerner, Diana Fish, Sheryle Baker and Fred Eppsteiner


    With greater understanding and acceptance of impermanence and the universality of death, we can move beyond apprehension and focus on what is important: how to prepare for being present with the dying process, both our own and others. By examining the misconceptions and misplaced hopes and fears that shape our relationship to death and dying, we can also reassess our life priorities and aspirations. Paradoxically, reflection on death and impermanence is the portal to living a life of true meaning and happiness.

     

    If you are interested in looking deeply into the meaning of death and dying within the framework of a spiritual path, we invite you to join us for this daylong workshop at the FCM Center in Tampa or online. Topics will include conscious dying, as well as offering psychological and spiritual assistance to the dying, including family members. Drawing on teachings and meditative practices of Buddhism, as well as medical and contemplative fields, the presenters will create a supportive environment for workshop participants to reflect and share.  


    Logistics

    The cost is $75 (reduced rate of $40 for those with financial need) for the day. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org . This workshop will be offered both in-person and online. Registration will close March 2 for in-person and March 8 for online.


    If you are an FCM member and would like to register your spouse or significant other to also participate in this series, please add their name in the registration as your guest. If you have taken this class before, please consider taking it again to deepen your practice.  


    Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.


    Workshop Leaders

    Marilyn Warlick is a retired LCSW having  worked  in various areas of service within the VA Health Care System; Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and Clinical Coordinator for Programs for Returning Veterans from their combat tours of duty, also End of Life Care. Her involvement with Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) began in 2000, in 2009, she completed a pilgrimage with her FCM teacher and  members to India.  In 2010 she received ordination in the Order of Interbeing. She had been a mentor and a facilitator for Death  Cafes and assists in various FCM Programs including Buddhist Wisdom for Death and Dying. 

    Alex Lerner  has been practicing with Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2005 and became OI ordained in 2015. He is a mentor for other practitioners at FCM and is frequently holding workshops with a special interest in Neuroscience and the Dharma. He teaches meditation and mindfulness in the FCM Prison Dharma Program. For his career in clinical medicine, he was focused on healing the body. After his retirement from medicine, he developed an interest in understanding the mind.


    Reverend Diana Fish, BCC, is an interfaith palliative care chaplain at BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. 
    Diana joined FCM upon moving to Florida and was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2019. In 2018 she was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbott of Upaya Zen Center and author of Being with Dying. After completing Clinical Pastoral Education at Tampa General Hospital in 2019 she was hired as a Staff Chaplain. She received board certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2021.


    Sheryl Baker was Executive Director and licensed Mental Health Counselor for 33+ years at The Life Center in Tampa, Fla. a non-profit grief and trauma counseling center. She will offer end of life insights from her work with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Dr. Raymond Moody's research on near death encounters.


    • 01 May 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with John McHarris and Misti Oxford-Pickeral


    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 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    John McHarris has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2011. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on FCM's Board of Directors and is currently involved in a Residency Program in Tampa. John is also a resident here at Bermuda Greens. 


    Misti Oxford-Pickeral has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) since 2016. She participates regularly in intensives, workshops, and retreats. She is active with FCM's kitchen team and with Sangha Care. Misti is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Trainings in March of 2019 and was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) at Blue Cliff Monastery in April 2023. Misti currently serves on FCM's Board of Directors. She lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband.

    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Maria Teresa Jaureguizar and Bill Mac Millen


    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 Sunday, July 21, 28 and August 4, 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as FCM Community Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, and spending time in nature.

    She is happily married and has two dogs, a bunny, and a bird.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and assists in leading a number of FCM offerings to both members and guests.







    • 04 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Jacqulyn Schuett and Eleanor Cecil


    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 Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Jacqulyn Schuett stepped on the Path of Dharma in 1999 when she visited Plum Village for her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The sign at the entrance, ‘You Have Arrived,’ foreshadowed the sense of home she felt in the intimate environment of this small retreat. Her study with Fred Eppsteiner, through retreats and Intensive studies, began shortly thereafter. In 2015 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) and provides support for various activities at the Tampa Center. Jacqulyn also serves as a mentor and leader of introductory classes.


    Eleanor Cecil became a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) in August of 2014. She participates in a number of FCM programs including co-leading the Meditation in Recovery Program (MIR) and overseeing Housekeeping. Eleanor is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Training's in May of 2016 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in August of 2019.


    • 30 Oct 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with John McHarris Rosy Sharma Sedhain


    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 30 and November 6, 13 & 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    John McHarris has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2011. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on FCM's Board of Directors and is currently involved in a Residency Program in Tampa. John is also a resident here at Bermuda Greens. 


    Rosy Sharma Sedhain is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and a certified yoga teacher. Prior to teaching mindfulness classes, Rosy attained a degree in Information Systems and an MBA, concentrating her work in the pharmaceutical industry. She teaches mindfulness to children, teens and adults and feels that teaching mindfulness gives her the greatest learning opportunity. Rosy joined FCM in 2017. She has completed three year in the Dharma Transmission Program. Rosy is married and the mother of two children, aged 11 and 16. 



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