Sitting in a meditation group is a beautiful practice, at the heart of refuge. In sitting meditation practice silence and stillness develop, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. The training of the heart brings kindness and compassion for all that arises. In sitting we can find for ourselves wisdom and freedom. Beginning practitioners are encouraged to use the breath as a focus for mindfulness. The arising and passing of breath shows us in a direct way the universal truth of impermanence. After an inner calm and steadiness are established through breathing, the meditation is systematically opened to include mindfulness, insight, and awareness of all experiences, external and internal, of body sensations and emotions, of thoughts and the nature of mind itself.
Suffering and an End to Suffering. There is certainly no shortage of suffering in our world. We can understand this suffering to include not only the big upsets that send our lives into turmoil, but also the smaller, low-grade challenges people encounter on a daily basis—what we might think of simply as irritations or stress. Meditation practice offers a way to work skillfully with everything that life throws in our path, the big issues and the small, so that we can experience the breadth of our lives, the ups and downs, with more ease, wisdom, compassion, and joy. This in turn can lead to the end of suffering, which is possible for all of us.
Weekly Groups Everyone Welcome ~ Always Free
Mondays at 7 PM at St. Michael’s University Church in Isla Vista - participants regularly engage in discussion and play music together as part of the evening.
Tuesdays at 6 PM in the MacVeagh House at the Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara
Thursdays at 6 PM at The Sacred Space in Summerland - we are frequently joined with guest teachers from the community.
St Michael's Church
6586 Picasso Rd, Isla Vista, CA
Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA
The Sacred Space
2594 Lillie Ave, Summerland, CA
Weekly Sitting Groups - lead by Facilitators
"Mindfulness in Recovery" 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at The Alano Club in The Winchester Room at 235 E. Cota Street SB Drop-in mindfulness practice for people in recovery - Led by Arno Jaffe ***** "Sound Bath and Aromatherapy Mindfulness Practice"Thursdays 8:15-9:15 at Yoga Soup, 28 Parker Way SB - Lead by Anahita Holden
Everyone Welcome ~ Always Free!
At Mindful Heart Prgoram we’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias. We work to protect the safety of all students. We reserve the right to remove any student from any class, sitting group, retreat, or any event if the student is disruptive to the safe learning environment we maintain for all.
Please go to the Events Calendarwhere you can find upcoming activities, who will be leading, as well as upcoming One Dharma Sanga gatherings and other useful information.
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