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    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Franciscan Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa, FL 33603
    Registration is closed

    Please read all of the following information carefully before registering for the retreat.


    In Buddhism, wisdom and compassion are seen as the two wings of the teachings: complementary and equally essential to our transformation. The path of the heart is capable of transforming our suffering by developing within us a strong sense of inter-connection with all life and overcoming the limits that self-centric living imposes. The path of the heart softens and strengthens at the same time, and shows us how to live less egotistically and more harmoniously with others. Developing a heart-mind that views all beings as our dearest friends and naturally seeks their well-being and happiness simultaneously creates the basis for happiness and well-being for ourselves. It is an incredibly powerful energy to guide and motivate our lives.

     

    During this retreat we will focus on the specific teachings and practices in our Dharma tradition that help us cultivate this peerless mind of compassion and love. These teachings and practices will be presented with clarity and concreteness through Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues so that they can become on-going life practices each participant can embrace.

     

    This retreat will be led by senior members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Fred will attend the retreat each evening to provide instruction and meditative practices and to answer questions related to the teachings and practices being offered. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords us the opportunity to deepen our meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented.

     

    The retreat is being held in Tampa, Florida at The Franciscan Center, located on the Hillsborough River. The registration fee covers both room and board (three vegetarian meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teacher freely gives of him or herself to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.

     

    The retreat begins with dinner on Thursday, April 25th, and ends after lunch on Sunday, April 28th.  We ask that all retreatants attend the entire time of the retreat; if you cannot arrive by 6 pm on Thursday, April 25th and stay until lunch on Sunday, April 28th, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone.

     

    The Franciscan Center has both single and double occupancy accommodations. If you are seeking double occupancy and have someone you wish to room with, please indicate their name when you register. Otherwise, you will be placed in a room with another participant who has requested double occupancy as well. The registration fee for single occupancy is $350 and the fee for double-occupancy is $295. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCM's Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.

     

    Please note that participation in this retreat is open to both members and non-members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. While participation in our local sanghas and Days of Mindfulness 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 on becoming a member of FCM please click here.

     

    Once registration has closed, all members who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat based on creating a balance between newer practitioners and longer term ones; between those who’ve attended several or many retreats in the past year and those who haven’t; between those that live in the Tampa Bay area and those that live in other places. Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Registrants will receive an email stating either acceptance into the retreat or placement on the waiting list within a few days of the closing of registration.

     

    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins, including directions to the Franciscan Center.

     

    Registration will close on April 1.

     

     

     


    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    On Saturday April 27th, many organizations throughout the greater Tampa Bay area will be offering service to clean up our neighborhoods as part of the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful  Great American Clean-up. FCM will be joining in this service project by cleaning our recently adopted section of Sligh Avenue near the practice center.


    You are welcome to arrive at 8:00 am for a guided meditation. Registration and orientation will start at 8:30 am, with clean-up from 9:00 am-10:30 am. We will have a closing circle to reflect on the morning at 10:45 am. 


    Please bring your own refillable water bottle and sunscreen and wear close-toed shoes and a hat! Garbage bags, gloves, bug spray, safety vests and sunglasses are provided by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.


    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • FCM Parking Lot, 6501 N. Nebraska, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    In today’s world most of us have more than enough “things” to be happy—in fact we might find that we have too many things to really lead a happy, simple, spacious and mindful life. FCM members are invited to “simplify your life” in a manner that will be of benefit to others.


    Here are two possible ways to participate:

    1. Help Furnish Our New Residential Space at 910 Lambright

    FCM members may donate items needed for the furnishing of the house at 910 Lambright which was recently purchased by FCM.


    We are looking for the following (all “gently used”): twin beds, mattresses and sheets; bedside tables; couch; sitting chairs; coffee table; dining table and chairs; lamps; pots and pans; storage dishes. Please contact Angie Parrish to arrange for donation at parrish26@gmail.com .


    2. Simply Your Life Yard Sale - April 27

    Donate clothing, books, household items and furniture that are in VERY GOOD condition (that is, nothing torn, soiled or worn) for a "sale" in the FCM Practice Center parking lot on Saturday, April 27.


    All are invited (including community neighbors) to come and buy the goods for a donation. All cash proceeds will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries. At the end of the event, any items not taken to new homes will be donated to the Salvation Army.


    Please register if you would like to donate items for the yard sale, so we have a sense of how many are participating, and in case we need to contact you.


    Those who are donating items should arrive by 8:00 am Saturday, April 27 to help set up the donated items in the parking lot. The yard sale will be advertised for 9-11 am. Please plan to stay until 12:00 noon to help take down and clean up.

    (NOTE: Do not bring any items to the Center for the sale before 8:00 am on April 27!)


    Also note, donations to both causes will be accepted only from FCM members. Of course, non-members and friends may purchase items at the Yard Sale.


    For more information on the Yard Sale, please contact Charner at charnerreese@aol.com .


    • 01 May 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 9
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


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

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     


    Class Instructors

    Maria Sgambati has been practicing meditation since 2002. She has been a student of teacher Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of FCM, since 2013 when she moved back to Florida. Maria is an aspirant in the Order of Interbeing, a current student in the Dharma Transmission Program and serves as the FCM Selfless Service Coordinator.


    David Royal has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2013 and was an on-again-off-again meditator for many years before that. He helps facilitate the Meditation in Recovery program and recently completed the three-year Dharma Transmission Program.

    • 04 May 2019
    • 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)


    • 06 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 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 7:00 to 8:30 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.



    • 08 May 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • UU St. Pete - Gilmour Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    • 21
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


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

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, May 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the UU St. Pete - Gilmour Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N. in St. Petersburg. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.     


    Class Instructors:

    David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of
    Mindfulness since 2015. He has taught Mindfulness for Educators and
    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He recently completed a
    three-year Dharma Transmission program.

    • 11 May 2019
    • 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 Ken Lenington, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. 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 to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Kevin Conlin, kevinconlin@gmail.com

           
    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Day of Mindfulness, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "begging bowl" at the Day of Mindfulness itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.
    • 18 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119
    • 32
    Register

    Please join us for a Half Day Retreat on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Naples, Florida at the Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119.


    This half day of silence will include a Dharma talk by an FCM Senior Student, Tammy Klein, and periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one. Extra cushions, as well as chairs, will also be available.


    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Half Day Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer at the Half Day Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


    PLEASE NOTE: We have space limitations and have generally had a waiting list for our Naples Half Day Retreats. Out of consideration for others who would like to attend, please notify us at least 24 hours before the Half Day Retreat if you will be unable to attend so that we can fill the space. Instructions for canceling will be in the confirmation email you will receive when you register.


    Contact name and email for more information - Tony Pollitt,  fanthonypollitt@gmail.com

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 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)


    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 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 7:00 to 8:30 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.



    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 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 and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. 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 to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

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

          
    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    An “Open Mic Night” is a joyful opportunity for Sangha members and friends, professional and amateurs alike, to perform and enjoy performance together. June 22 at 7 pm will be an evening of entertainment and artistic expression. Individuals or small groups are welcome to perform music (vocals and/or instrumental), poetry reading, theatrical performance, dance, or any other means of artistic expression. You can even just bring a poem to recite, tell a funny story, or suggest a song to sing as a group. Each performance will be limited to 6 minutes per individual/group. The performances don’t necessarily have to be “spiritual” music, but please choose topics that somehow capture the beauty of the heart and mind, and would be in line with the general spirit of mindfulness, kindness and compassion at FCM.


    Potential performers: please send a short email to Rick Ferriss (rickfrrss@earthlink.net) that includes who will be performing and a little about the performance.


    Please join us as either a member of the audience or as a performer. There is no charge to attend (or perform), but please register to help us with our planning.


    Everyone is invited!


    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 27
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


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

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 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.     
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    We want to be happy. To enjoy our life, our relationships, our work, our time off. Yet, in spite of our best intentions, ease turns into frustration and confidence turns into anxiety. So, what’s going on? Where is this misery coming from?

     

    Surprisingly, the answer is found in our own mind. The human mind is enormously receptive to being programmed with responses based on our personal experience in the past. Once programmed, habitual responses arise silently, without our knowledge or consent. Some responses produce positive results. Others produce misery for ourselves & others. Particularly damaging are the habits that take over automatically when we feel a loss of control, stability, clarity. Fortunately, with understanding & mindfulness, this unhappy cycle can be transformed. 


    Class participants will learn:

    • The mind is the source of our experience;
    • How past conditioning arises in mind & develops into positive or negative mind states
    • How to use feelings as indicators of the presence of conditioned reactive states
    • How to recognize the choice point where new behavior is possible
    • Specific mindfulness practices for:
      -
      Recognizing & stabilizing negative mind states 
      - Recognizing & nourishing positive mind states.

    This class is approved for 5 Continuing Education Credits for LMHC; LCSW; LMFT 

     

    Workshop Leaders

    Darlene Stewart, LMHC, is a retired Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She’s worked in counseling psychology since 1970.  She specialized in providing trauma services for children and adults suffering from the effects of childhood abuse & neglect.  She’s incorporated mindfulness into daily life and work since 1997. 

     

    Charles Stewart, LMHC is a retired Florida Mental Health Counselor.  He’s worked in counseling psychology since 1970.  He specialized in providing substance abuse & mental health counseling for people suffering the effects of chemical addiction.  He’s incorporated mindfulness into daily life & work since 1997.



    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-14766. This course is approved for 5 CEU’s. Credit will only be awarded with verification of attendance.

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



    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

    Digital Detox


    Save the date!


    More information to come in early 2019.

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register
    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas?


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

     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 11, 18 and 25 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.     
    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 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 Tuesday, October 29 and November 5, 12, & 19 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.     

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