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    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


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


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


    If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at Operations-Leader@FloridaMindfulness.org.


    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 11
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    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Please register here if you are an FCM member and would like to attend in person in Tampa in the Meditation Hall following the FCM COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  If you are not fully vaccinated, please plan to wear a mask and practice distancing. We are only open in-person for FCM members at this time.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) 


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


    If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at Operations-Leader@FloridaMindfulness.org.

    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be Thursday, June 24. The event will be online from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line (links below) shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 26 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    For many of us, life continues to present multiple challenges as we move through our second year with the Covid-19 pandemic. Certainly one challenge we are all facing is increased isolation and possibly losses in our lives. Then there are the myriad other social and personal stresses in our day to day lives-- relationships, jobs, families, health, finances, politics, environment, etc.  Wouldn’t it be valuable to learn ways to be more resilient, to be able to care and heal ourselves, and to be able meet whatever challenges come our way with wisdom and compassion?


    In this workshop, FCM mindfulness instructor, Marilyn Warlick, LCSW will introduce us to the work of James Gordon, MD, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, who has worked for decades empowering people in their own self-awareness, healing and care. He’s worked with victims of war, natural disasters, homelessness, and abuse, and he teaches easy meditation practices that anyone can use, whether they have experienced significant trauma or just trying to cope with the everyday stresses of modern life.


    Marilyn will introduce us to three types of meditation as described by Gordon: concentration (soft belly breathing to calm and relax oneself in any situation), mindfulness (awareness of present moment experience) and expressive meditation (mindful movement, dance and art) as practices to help us all care for ourselves, find healing and wholeness, and help us meet the challenges, whatever they may be, as opportunities for personal healing and growth.


    The learning objectives of this workshop are as follows:

    • Learn three key components for self compassion practices at home and in the work setting
    • Understand and utilize three practical mindfulness tools for supporting an openness and stability in one's life
    • Learn how these practices can serve as an antidote to trauma

    This workshop is for beginning meditators, experienced meditators, and for those interested in helping others learn these simple techniques for self awareness and care.  The suggested fee for this workshop is $40 ($50 for CE credits), with reduced rate participation also available.


    Marilyn Warlick, LCSW is a retired social worker working in the VA Health Care System, with focus on various areas: Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and Clinical Coordinator for Programs to serve returning Veterans from their combat tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In addition she worked in areas of End of Life Care, serving as coordinator of the Hospice and Palliative Care Program. Her involvement with Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) began in 2000. During her years of involvement, in 2009, she completed a pilgrimage with her FCM teacher and other members to India, Following the Footsteps of the Buddha, to deepen her understanding of the Buddhist teachings. In 2010 she received ordination in the Order of Interbeing. In August 2012 Marilyn and Sam, her husband, moved from their home in NC to join the Tampa FCM community, helping in the remodeling and development of a Center for further growth of this Mindfulness Community. Currently, Marilyn shares her selfless service time with FCM within the Programs for Mentoring, Death and Dying and the Mindfulness In Recovery Program (MIR). 


    * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 3 hours.


    Florida Community of Mindfulness Grievance Procedure

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


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

    • 07 Jul 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 26
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    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, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is a member of the Order of Interbeing and  completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa has served the community by teaching classes on mindfulness, leading peer study groups, and as Head of Hall. She finds joy in mentoring others in the practice and spending time in nature.


    Marilyn Warlick, LCSW is a retired social worker from the VA Health Care System, with focus on various areas; Homelessness, Substance Abuse, Clinical Coordinator for Programs to serve returning Veterans from their tours of duty, and Coordinator of the Hospice and The Palliative Care Program. Her involvement with Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) began 2000. During her years of involvement, 2009 she completed a pilgrimage with her FCM teacher and members to India Following the Footsteps of the Buddha to deepen her understanding of the buddhist teachings. In 2010 she received ordination in the Order of Interbeing. August 2012 Marilyn and her husband Sam, moved from NC to join the Tampa FCM community; helping in the remodeling and development of a Center for further growth of this Mindfulness Community. Currently, Marilyn shares her selfless service time with FCM within the Programs for Mentoring, Death and Dying, and Mindfulness In Recovery Program (MIR).

    • 07 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Please note: FCM Members can access the Death Cafe web page and the Zoom links by clicking here.


    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 Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.


    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.


    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. One of our members, Marilyn Warlick will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitator. 


    The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom. 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.

    • 09 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
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