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Events/Calendar

Our calendar lists weekly sanghas of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg, including the teaching schedule for our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner. In addition, it lists other FCM-sponsored events including classes and workshops, Days of Mindfulness, retreats, and special activities. Please click on an event for more information or to register (for all events other than weekly sangha).


Upcoming events

    • 18 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM, Education Building
    • 13
    Register

    Please join us on June 23 at 7 pm for our next movie night. Our selection this month is the film, Zen, which follows the life of 13th century, Japanese Zen Master Dogen. This powerful and elegant film allows us to follow Dogen as he explores  Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism in China, experiences awakening, and then brings these profound teachings of Zen Buddhism back to Japan. Following the film there will be time for socializing and discussion. We look forward to being together.


    Everyone is invited. Please register so that we know how much popcorn to make!










    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108
    Monthly Orientation

    A one-hour orientation for newcomers is offered the last Sunday of each month at 5:00p.m. Please contact naples-meditation@floridamindfulness.org , if you plan to attend.

    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 25 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 26 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 26 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • FCM Tampa Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Monthly Orientation

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Lotus Room in the Education Building at the FCM Center in Tampa (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The FCM Center in Tampa is located at 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue (between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenues).
    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building)

    The Family Program is held twice a month during the school year and monthly during the summer for FCM members' children and grandchildren. 


    Please check the FCM calendar for dates. 


    If you are a new member or considering membership and would like to arrange a date to visit the program please contact Karuna or Suzy, the Family Program Coordinators.

        

    FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE A VISIT CONTACT,


    Family Program Coordinators

    Suzy: suzystudio2@gmail.com

    Karuna: karunaee@gmail.com

    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 02 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 02 Jul 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (Fellowship Hall)
    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Tampa Practice Center.

    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.

    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life. As we talk, we will sit together and informally enjoy tea and finger food.

    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. Two of our members, Marilyn Warlick and Laura Starkey will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitators. 

    The group will meet monthly in the comfortable living room area in the Fellowship Hall. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!

    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com or Laura at lastarkey12@msn.com.



    • 03 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 03 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 04 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete (no registration required - simply show up). 


    The Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete is located at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 04 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 04 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 04 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 06 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    Please join us Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 am to lend a hand with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. We will begin the day in the meditation hall at 8:30 am with sitting meditation in preparation for our mindful work, which will commence around 9:00 am after an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. Snacks and water will be provided.


    General Schedule for Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    8:30am Sitting Practice in Meditation Hall

    8:45 Introduction to Mindful Work & Overview of Mindful Work for the morning

    9:00 Mindful work

    11:00-11:30 Clean up and Tea Together

    Please contact Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell: 202.486.6491)


    • 08 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 08 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 09 Jul 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 9 – August 27


    This seven-week summer Mindful Living Path Intensive will provide an opportunity for FCM members who participated in the Winter/Spring Intensive on Mindfulness Practices for Emotional Healing (or a similar FCM intensive in the past) to continue the journey of emotional self-awareness and healing so that we can live our lives with more presence, joy and ease. 


    In the fall of 2017 we began our journey with the Mindful Living Path Foundations of Mindfulness and Meditation Intensive. We were then able to apply these foundational mindfulness practices to our emotional experience in the 2018 Winter/Spring Intensive. Grounded in mindfulness we learned to be more present and open to strong emotions (such as anger, fear and sadness) instead of our habitual patterns of pushing them away or being swept away by them. Holding these feelings in awareness we began to look deeply into their origins in our past conditioning, identify the misperceptions that feed them, and see clearly their true nature of impermanence and insubstantiality.


    In this self-directed summer intensive we will be applying the practices learned in the previous intensives to specific areas of our lives where we still find emotional reactivity. We will continue to cultivate our mindfulness and deepen our exploration of the themes, patterns and sources of our emotional suffering.   Through our consistent and joyful effort, and the support of Dharma talks, readings, personal guidance from mentors and a Forum with Fred, we will continue our journey of healing and transformation, developing wisdom and compassion for ourselves and others, and learning to live with greater ease and well-being.


    Commitments for the Intensive

    The commitments for this Intensive are listed below. Before registering for the Intensive please read the commitments and reflect carefully on whether you will be able to keep them.


    Study & Practice:

    • Spend a minimum of 30 minutes daily in formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    • Read appropriate Dharma texts suggested for the Intensive.
    • Regularly attend weekly meditation and Days of Mindfulness during the Intensive, as possible.

    Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:

    • Be present for the Dharma Talks (3 talks via Zoom).
    • Participate in assigned Mentor Group calls (three calls via Zoom).
    • Be present for the Forum with Fred (in person or Zoom).
    This Intensive is open to FCM members who participated in the Winter/Spring Intensive Mindfulness Practices for Emotional Healing; or a prior FCM Intensive on transforming emotional afflictions; or with permission of the Intensive Leader, Betsy Arizu (barizu@yahoo.com)

    There is a suggested donation of $50 associated with this Intensive. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation. You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.

     

    This Intensive will begin on July 9 and end on August 27. Registration will close on Monday, June 11. To ensure you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.

     

    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

    Please read the information below before you click to register.


    Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through ZOOM.  The following eight mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following: my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 


    Mentor Groups Options

    • 1.     Mondays 7:30-8:30 am –  July 16, July 30 & August 13                  
    • 2.     Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 17, July 31  & August 14                
    • 3.     Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm –  July 17, July 31 & August 14                 
    • 4.     Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 19, August 2 & August 16          
    • 5.     Mondays 7:30-8:30 am –  July 23, August 6 & August 20              
    • 6.     Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 24, August 7 & August 21             
    • 7.   Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 26, August 9 & August 23          
    • 09 Jul 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 9 –August 27


    “To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to be free from attachment to the body and mind of one's self and of others.” --   Zen Master Dogen


    This summer’s seven-week Dharma Path Intensive will provide an opportunity for FCM members who participated in the Fall and/or Winter/Spring Intensives on Deconstructing the Myth of Self to continue the process of understanding the delusive nature of Self and the practice of its deconstruction.


    In the Fall and Winter/Spring Intensives we were introduced to many teachings and practices aimed at understanding the nature of Self and loosening our identification with it. This included the objective observation of what constitutes our particular sense of Self and the various ways our particular Self manifests in the world, both inwardly and outwardly. We also utilized western psychological perspectives to see the underlying core beliefs and schemas that drive much of the self-inflicted drama in our lives as well as the conditioning that gave rise to these ways of being in the world. In the second half of the intensive, we continued our exploration of the Self from the perspective of Buddhist psychology and the Yogacara. Finally, we used the Wheel of Analysis and Meditation that Thoroughly Purifies Mental Activity to begin to dismantle our strong sense of being a solid, permanent, self-existent Self.


    This Summer self-development Intensive will provide an opportunity for participants to build on their Fall and Winter/Spring Intensive practice by choosing areas of focus to delve into more deeply and develop their own plan of study and practice. Many participants may already know what areas they want to focus on, but some examples of possible areas of focus could be:

    • Developing a stronger understanding of the role and functioning of I, Me, Mine in lingering emotional afflictions and cultivating the ability to recognize Self as it arises in the mind.
    • Cultivating the ability to see the difference between reality and the drama that self creates, and to rest in the simplicity of things as they are with a mind of ease.
    • Working to better recognize and understand specific schemas and the underlying conditioning that fuels much our suffering.
    • Applying the Wheel of Analysis and Meditation to emotional reactivity, the Five Skandhas or to other aspects of the Self.
    • Deepening the study and practice of the Yogacara teachings to better understand the mental processes that condition our experience of reality.
    This Intensive is open to FCM members who participated in the Fall or Winter/Spring, or a prior Intensive on Deconstructing the Myth of Self; or with permission of the Intensive Leaders, Bryan and Diane. Participants who found through their work in the Fall and Spring DMS Intensives that they are still driven strongly by emotional woundedness are encouraged to consider signing up for the Summer Mindful Living Path Intensive on emotional healing. If we truly want to be free we must be honest and compassionate with ourselves and recognize where we can best focus our practice.

    If you have questions about the Intensive or would like to discuss whether the Deepening our Path of Deconstructing the Myth of Self Intensive is appropriate for you please contact Bryan at bbhindert@gmail.com.


    Participants will be provided with supports that include Dharma talks and mentoring by senior students in a group format using ZOOM video-conferencing. Fred will offer a Forum in Tampa to answer questions and interact with participants. The Forum will be live-streamed so that those in other locations can participate.


    The commitments for this Intensive are listed below. Before registering for the Intensive please read the commitments and reflect carefully on whether you will be able to keep them.


    Commitments for each Intensive participant:

    1. The commitment to a minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice and study.
    2. The commitment to participate in your assigned bi-weekly video-conference mentoring group.
    3. The commitment to be present for the Zoom Dharma Talks.
    4. The commitment to be present for the Forum with Fred, in person or by livestream.
    5. The commitment to read any Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive.
    6. The commitment to attend all the practice periods of your Sangha during the Intensive, as possible

    There is a suggested donation of $50 associated with this Intensive. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation. You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.

     

    This Intensive will begin on July 9 and end on August 27. Registration will close on Monday, June 11. To ensure you register by on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.

     

    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

    Please read the information below before you click to register.


    Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through ZOOM.  The following eight mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following: my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 

    Group #1: Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 am - July 17 & 31; Aug 14

    Group #2: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm - July 10 & 24; Aug 7

    Group #3: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm - July 17 & 31; Aug 14

    Group #4  Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm - July 10 & 24; Aug 7

    Group #5: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am - July 11 & 25; Aug 8

    Group #6: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am - July 18; Aug 1 & 15

    Group #7: Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am - July 11 & 25; Aug 8

    Group #8: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm - July 11 & 25; Aug 8

      

     


    • 09 Jul 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 9 – August 27, 2018


    This seven-week Summer Intensive, rooted in the Mindful Living Path, will focus on our tradition’s foundational practices for living a life of happiness, solidity, and well-being.  Our happiness is directly related to our ability to be present to life, to see clearly what is occurring in our surroundings, as well as what is occurring in our own minds.


    This Intensive will introduce the core abilities and practices for living a life of mindfulness and awareness:  establishing a consistent mindfulness meditation practice to develop stability of mind, mindfulness of emotions and thoughts, and bringing mindfulness to the activities of our daily life.  It will include specific practices from the Plum Village tradition, including conscious breathing, deep relaxation, walking meditation, mindful eating, deep listening/loving speech and lovingkindness meditation.  Through Dharma talks, written instructions, recorded guided meditations, personal guidance from mentors, and an opportunity to interact with Fred during an Intensive Forum, participants will develop direct experience and competence in these life-changing practices and will learn to incorporate them into their lives.


    This Intensive is appropriate for new practitioners and for anyone who would like the opportunity to experientially review the foundational practices of mindfulness in the Plum Village Tradition.


    The commitments for this Intensive are listed below.  Before registering for the Intensive, please read the commitments and reflect carefully on whether you will be able to keep them.


    Commitments for each Intensive participant:


    Study & Practice:

    • Spend a minimum of 30 minutes daily in formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    • Read Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive.
    • Regularly attend weekly meditation and Days of Mindfulness during the Intensive, as possible.

    Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:

    • Be present for the Dharma Talks (3 talks via Zoom).
    • Participate in assigned Mentor Group calls (3 calls via Zoom).
    • Be present for the Forum with Fred (in person or via Zoom).

    This Intensive is open to all FCM members, and newer members are especially encouraged to register.  The suggested donation for this Intensive is $50 (no fee for Supporting and Sustaining FCM members).  This is a suggested donation; participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation.


    This Intensive will begin July 9 and continue through August 27. You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604. Registration will close on June 11.  Out of consideration for our Intensive organizers, and to ensure your acceptance into the Intensive, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.


    Please note that participation in Intensives is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM).  While participation in our local sanghas, Days of Mindfulness, and many other activities is open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats.  For information about membership, please access the membership section of our website.


    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

    Please read the information below before you click to register.


    Mentoring Groups.  When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through ZOOM.  The following seven mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following:  my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred.  Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately.


    Mentor Group Options

    • 1.       Mondays 7:30-8:30 am – July 16, July 30 & August 13
    • 2.      Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 am – July 17, July 31 & August 14
    • 3.      Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm – July 17, July 31 & August 14
    • 4.      Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm – July 17, July 31 & August 14
    • 5.      Mondays 7:30-8:30 am – July 23, August 6 & August 20
    • 6.      Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm – July 23, August 6 & August 20
    • 7.      Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm – July 24, August 7 & August 21


    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
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    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    A Four-Week Series

    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 10, 17, 24, and 31 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.     
    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 12 Jul 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 13 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 13 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 13 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
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    MEMBER FORUM WITH THE TEACHER


    Please join us for an FCM Member Forum with our Teacher on Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


    The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the Forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


    If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


    While this event is free and open to all FCM members, it is necessary to register in advance. Your generosity in providing a donation, or dana, for the use of the facility and the support of FCM is gratefully accepted and encouraged. 


    For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com

     

     

     

     


     

     

    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations, a Dharma teaching by a Senior Student, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and gentle yoga. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance.  Your generosity in providing a donation or Dana for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is gratefully accepted and encouraged.  

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

           
    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Green Monkey Yoga Studio, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    The Green Monkey Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 16 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa

    A 60-minute, gentle, mindfulness-based yoga class appropriate for all levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. In class, participants are encouraged to: 

    • Practice mindful awareness of the breath and the body together 
    • Develop an awareness of body sensations and the alignment of the body 
    • Utilize yoga props (provided) to encourage an acceptance of bodily limitations and conditions 
    • Stay present in the practice without judgement of self or others 

    Each class includes:

    • 5-10 minute meditation at the beginning to become grounded, aware and mindful in the present moment 
    • may include guided breath work (pranayama) 
    • posture sequences that may include floor, seated, and/or standing poses which can be modified for all levels 
    • 5-10 minutes in final relaxation pose at the end to surrender, relax, and restore

    This class is taught by FCM community members and yoga teachers Evelyn Greenfield and Becky Brown. Evelyn has taught yoga since 2002 and Becky since 2007.


    Classes are offered freely for members of FCM & former FCM MBSR students. A $10 fee is requested from non-members to help support FCM and the space offered. No registration is required.




    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Caloosahatchee Mindfulness 6719 Winkler Rd. Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 18 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center.

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 18 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 18 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 19 Jul 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 20 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 20 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa
    • 45
    Register

    Beginning Anew is a practice of the Plum Village tradition that allows us to maintain harmony in our relationships and in our community by addressing and healing difficulties and conflicts as they arise. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes in the book Happiness, “To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech, and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationship with others.” It can be done between spouses, partners, parents and children, friends, work colleagues, sangha friends, or any two people who are in relationship with each other.


    Beginning Anew is a three part ceremony that provides the opportunity for everyone participating to first express appreciation for the good qualities of another (water their positive seeds), then express any regrets for any hurt or suffering they may have caused the other person, and finally express any sufferings that they have experienced that they believe was caused by the other.


    In this workshop, Fred will introduce to members the practice of Beginning Anew, demonstrate what a Beginning Anew ceremony actually looks like, and guide participants through a demonstration of the ceremony. Then there will be time to practice it under Fred’s guidance.


    This is an opportunity for members of FCM to learn this ceremony for use in their own personal relationships and to incorporate this key practice into the fabric of our community so we can continue to be a sangha that lives in harmony and awareness. As Fred believes the practice of Beginning Anew is so beneficial and effective, he is offering this workshop to members without cost.


    Registration is open for FCM members Attending In-Person in Tampa or Attending via Zoom. You are welcome to register your significant other or family members as guests.


    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Beginning Anew is a practice of the Plum Village tradition that allows us to maintain harmony in our relationships and in our community by addressing and healing difficulties and conflicts as they arise. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes in the book Happiness, “To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech, and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationship with others.” It can be done between spouses, partners, parents and children, friends, work colleagues, sangha friends, or any two people who are in relationship with each other.


    Beginning Anew is a three part ceremony that provides the opportunity for everyone participating to first express appreciation for the good qualities of another (water their positive seeds), then express any regrets for any hurt or suffering they may have caused the other person, and finally express any sufferings that they have experienced that they believe was caused by the other.


    In this workshop, Fred will introduce to members the practice of Beginning Anew, demonstrate what a Beginning Anew ceremony actually looks like, and guide participants through a demonstration of the ceremony. Then there will be time to practice it under Fred’s guidance.


    This is an opportunity for members of FCM to learn this ceremony for use in their own personal relationships and to incorporate this key practice into the fabric of our community so we can continue to be a sangha that lives in harmony and awareness. As Fred believes the practice of Beginning Anew is so beneficial and effective, he is offering this workshop to members without cost.


    Registration is open for FCM members Attending In-Person in Tampa or Attending via Zoom. You are welcome to register your significant other or family members as guests.