Peer-led Silent Sit
These difficult times we are living in call for Strong Determination: More silence, Less opinion.
Starting May 3rd, every Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. all are invited to a silent, in-person sit led by Barry Reflow with assistance from Molly McKasson.
This is an opportunity to return to our meditation hall, deepen our commitment to the practice, and help create an environment that strengthens everyone's practice.
Noble Silence will be in place, except when someone new to the practice is in need of basic guidance concerning Concentration, Clarity and Equanimity.
COVID safety protocols like masking and social distancing will be the rule, and vaccination is strongly encouraged. You will be asked to sign an agreement to follow the safety protocols and a disclaimer acknowledging that you could be sharing space with someone who is not vaccinated for COVID-19.
Please do not attend if you have any COVID like symptoms.
Since this is the one of the few in-person sits at TCMC, cooling the building will be an expense. A suggested $4 donation would be greatly appreciated to help cover utilities. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. You may donate in-person or online Here.
If you have further questions, please call Barry at 520-224-8899.
Making a Difference: Opening to Flow
Monday Night Mindfulness - 6:30 - 7:30 PMThe Monday Night Mindfulness class consists of about 40 minutes of guided mindfulness practice followed by a period of Q&A about the practice. The class is intended to be accessible to beginners but also useful to more advanced practitioners. It is a good place to start for those just beginning the practice.
No registration is required. A fee of $3 - $5 is suggested to help pay for use of the facility, but students and other people with limited resources are welcome and nobody will be turned away for inability to pay the fee.
Beginners who need help with sitting posture options should arrive a few minutes early.
The benefits of mindfulness practice are many. Mindfulness can be useful for managing stress at its root. It can improve physical health by boosting immune function, reducing chronic inflammation, lowering excess cortisol levels, lowering high blood pressure, etc. Mindfulness can also be useful in managing chronic pain. But by far the most important benefit of mindfulness is bringing insight into the true nature of self and world.
The mindfulness techniques taught in the class, which follow the system developed by Shinzen Young, vary from week to week but are always aimed at developing the core mindfulness skills of concentration power, sensory clarity, and equanimity. The techniques generally involve focusing attention on one or more sensory streams (subjective and/or objective visual, auditory and/or somatic experiences) and bringing clarity and equanimity to those sensory streams.
Shinzen Young has many helpful youtube videos relating to the methods used in this class and also has helpful websites at www.shinzen.org and www.basicmindfulness.org.