Meditation: Beginning Where You Are
Meditation is a practice that has been around for at least 2500 years. Popular media expounds on its benefits and many people have an interest in exploring, but where to begin? This class will begin with exploring participants’ motivations for their interest in meditation: what do they hope to achieve and gain? Classes will then combine experiential meditation practices, discussing some of the different schools of meditation as well as “alternative” methods of meditation (yoga, prayer, nature), in order to come to an understanding of what kinds of personal “tools” each participant needs for cultivating their own individualized, ongoing meditation practice. Distinct practices such as mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn Mountain Meditation, Tonglen, Grounding, Compassion/Anger, and Zen will be discussed.
Bring/wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather as we hope to be outside for a portion of the time. You may also wish to bring a blanket or pillow to sit on.
Heather Sheldon is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently the Clinical Director of Family Based Services at Carson Valley Children's Aid in PA. She graduated from Boston College School of Social Work and has twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Heather has professional interest in the areas of trauma, women’s development, and substance abuse. She has a degree in World Religion from Harvard Divinity School and an ongoing meditation practice. She is also an avid animal lover and chaotic gardener.