Meditation and Reflective Journaling Workshops
Join me in exploring the evening’s theme with mindfulness meditation and reflective journaling, through compassion and common humanity.
October Theme - With the whole family sequestered at home, you may love each other, but not always like one another. We’ll explore the theme of reframing our loved ones with kindness, remembering who they really are, and what gets in the way. (If you missed this class, you can listen to the guided meditation and follow the writing prompt below.)
November Theme - November is a month of giving thanks. How do you extend generosity beyond concepts of uncertainty and scarcity? What blocks generosity? What supports it?
December Theme - With winter approaching, one can easily be overwhelmed by fear. How can you hold this fear tenderly, and cultivate faith in something larger than the immediate story or situation?
Free and open to the community. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 people and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. No prior meditation or writing experience is necessary.
When: Thursdays, October 15, November 12, & December 10, 4:30 - 6:00pm PT
Where: via Zoom
To register, please click here or call 650-853-2935.
Family- The Quality of Attention
Family is like road construction-
forcing me to slow down,
to read the signs when I’m
on my way somewhere else.
Sometimes I don’t want to stop,
don’t want to mend the potholes,
the patterns of disagreement
when this path is so familiar.
What if I paused and felt
the pain of disconnection,
Instead of rushing to take
the first detour?
May I remember that road repair
can be paved with loving intentions,
that a bumpy ride does not mean hell,
but a chance to deepen attention.
Hands off the steering wheel,
may I remember who you are--
wanting to be seen, heard and understood,
just as I want to be known, respected and loved.
Does this poem resonate? If not, how can you remember this family member’s (or other being’s) goodness? What gets in the way?
(Note: If you are experiencing any trauma or abuse at home, please do not practice the guided meditation or writing prompt without the support of a skilled therapist.)