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    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person (FCM members) and Online (for all)
    Register

    Brandy Kidd and Bill Mac Millen



    Description

    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.


    We encourage anyone who can experience the richness of practicing together, In-Person, to join us in our Meditation Hall following our Covid-19 Safety Protocols. The Online Zoom option is available for those out of area and those otherwise not planning to attend In-Person, and we provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


     The cost is $75. 


    Workshop Leaders


    Brandy Kidd has been a practitioner with Florida Community of Mindfulness since its inception in 1995. She lives in Naples, FL where she co-coordinates the Naples Sangha. She is a member of The Order of Interbeing and the current cohort of The Dharma Transmission Group. Professionally she works as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She is married with two “children,” ages 22 and 16. In addition to practicing dharma, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening and crocheting.




    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 participated in FCM's first Dharma Transmission Program.





    Questions?

    If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.

    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Because participants are sequestering at home, materials will be those commonly found around your house. Please join the Zoom call with everything you need 10 minutes before the class so that you have time to settle before we begin.


    Beth Schroeder, founder of CAWM, is a lifelong artist and former Arts in Healing coordinator for Naples Healthcare System. She has been practicing Buddhism since 1997, when she took the 5 Precepts with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Omega Institute. She has been a student of Fred and member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2003.  

    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (for all)
    • 28
    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 Sunday, October 24, 31 & November 7, 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Nancy Natilson joined FCM in 2006 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing five years later. Nancy has facilitated Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation many times. She has also led other FCM courses such as Mindful Eating, Mindful Leadership and Mindfulness at Work for corporations. Nancy has served in many roles at FCM, including Board Treasurer, Sangha Care Coordinator, Mindfulness Institute Leader, and most recently Intensive Coordinator and Retreat Chef. She aspires to bring compassion into all aspects of her life.


    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.



      


    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person or Online

    Save the date for this workshop with Alex Lerner and Angie Parrish.

    • 19 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Because participants are sequestering at home, materials will be those commonly found around your house. Please join the Zoom call with everything you need 10 minutes before the class so that you have time to settle before we begin.


    Beth Schroeder, founder of CAWM, is a lifelong artist and former Arts in Healing coordinator for Naples Healthcare System. She has been practicing Buddhism since 1997, when she took the 5 Precepts with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Omega Institute. She has been a student of Fred and member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2003.  

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com

    • 17 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Because participants are sequestering at home, materials will be those commonly found around your house. Please join the Zoom call with everything you need 10 minutes before the class so that you have time to settle before we begin.


    Beth Schroeder, founder of CAWM, is a lifelong artist and former Arts in Healing coordinator for Naples Healthcare System. She has been practicing Buddhism since 1997, when she took the 5 Precepts with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Omega Institute. She has been a student of Fred and member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2003.  

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