Monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month
Future dates: Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27
7:00 – 9:00pm
Fee: $20 (registration deadline 1 week prior)
Sacred Ground Chicago, 530 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL
Awakening Circles are gatherings of spiritual seekers who come together for mutual support in their life journeys. Each Circle opens with silent meditation and intention-setting followed by the core of the experience – time for personal sharing by participants. During the sharing process, participants are asked to hold each other in respectful silence. Sharing time is for each speaker’s personal exploration of their unfolding spiritual life. Listeners spend this time deeply listening to the speaker, while reflecting on their own journey. The experience is one of being with others in a profound way that goes beyond the experience of a typical support group. You will experience a sense of spiritual community that leaves you feeling deeply seen, supported and connected to others in your journey. Please contact Bill Epperly to find out more about Awakening Circles.
Mindfulness Meditation Immersion
Four Thursdays beginning March 5, 2020
7:00 – 9:00pm
Sacred Ground Chicago, 530 W. Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago, IL
Fee: $80 (registration deadline February 27th)
Sacred Ground Chicago, 520 W Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL
Mindfulness is a path to healing, peace of mind and deepening spiritual awareness. Ultimately, the practice of mindfulness meditation leads to present moment awareness and awakening to our interconnectedness to all life. Though many people believe that meditation is difficult, it is something that anyone can do. In this experiential four-week course, you will learn how to practice mindfulness in four key aspects of life: with oneself, with the body, in relationships, and in our lives in the world. You’ll learn how to work with thoughts, worries, emotions and anxieties. You’ll learn how to enhance your awareness of your body, opening to the wisdom of the body. We’ll explore relationship as an opportunity for mindfulness. And we’ll conclude by exploring how to bring mindfulness practice to our engagement with the world, including families, colleagues, and social issues. You will come away with an established practice of mindfulness meditation as well as tools for taking mindful awareness into all aspects of your life. Each evening of this experiential program will include meditation time as well as time for discussion and Q & A. Prior meditation experience is helpful but not necessary. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching.
Want more information or have questions? Contact Bill Epperly or attend the free Introductory Session on Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 – 8:00pm (see above)
Introduction to Mindfulness: Posture, Practice Guidelines
Mindfulness of Mind & Body
Mindfulness in Relationships
Taking Mindfulness into the World
Entering the Stream: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Chill Meditation, 222 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL
Fee: $35 (prior registration required)
Register Online through MindBody
Are you curious about Zen and the Buddhist tradition from which modern mindfulness has evolved? Are you looking for a solid basis for deepening your practice? Do you long for awakening beyond the limitations of human life? This introduction to Zen Buddhism will orient you to the basics of Zen Buddhist thought and practice. You’ll learn a traditional form of Zen Buddhist meditation. The program includes practice time, fundamentals of the Buddhist worldview, help with postures, and chanting. Please wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing suitable for sitting and light stretching.