Thursday Insight Meditation Group
FORMAT CHANGE: The group is not meeting until April 6th, when a new dedicated group begins. Such a group allows extended focus on a specific theme with the same group of people, facilitating more in-depth practice and deeper group support. People need to apply in advance for each series.
Relational Dharma: Making True Contact
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
April 6 – June 1, 2017 (Nine meetings, skips April 27)
YWCA, 2222 14th St., downtown Boulder
Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not limited to introspection, but is, in fact, a training in the very essence of relating well, be it with a partner, friend, or stranger. Mindfulness and metta practices foster intimacy with all our experience, which is the basis for real intimacy with others.
This series will explore relational dharma in a dedicated group of like-minded people, which will create a strong sense of spiritual community.
The group will explore a slew of meditative and interactive practices that will help you:
- Bring embodied, present-moment awareness into social interactions.
- Feel the joy that comes from connecting to others without agenda or attachment.
- Feel empathy for others without losing yourself.
- Be more authentic and spontaneous in your interactions.
- Take responsibility for your experience and set healthy boundaries.
- Avoid the tendency to manage your emotional experience by trying to change your partner.
- Use conflict as an opportunity to deepen relationships.
The spiritual community we build will be a powerful support for practice and for life. To strengthen the group support, I ask participants to please attend as regularly as possible.
Suggested donation: $160. This is a guideline. Depending on your finances, you may need to give less or want to give more. I gladly accept whatever your finances dictate.
Peter Williams is a psychotherapist and dharma leader. He has practiced meditation for 24 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, including many months of intensive silent retreat, and has taught meditation since 2003. Peter is trained as a Community Dharma Leader by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He teaches retreats in the Rocky Mountain west.
DIRECTIONS: The class is in downtown Boulder at the YWCA at 2222 14th St., two blocks north of the Boulder Theater. There is metered parking in front of the building, free parking in the staff lot just south of the building (ignore staff only signs), and free parking on other streets. Class is on the second floor. There is an elevator at the back of the front hallway.
Join Peter’s email list: On the list you will get announcements of new talks, essays, and meditation instructions on the as well as Peter’s retreat announcements. Join here
CHILDCARE is avalilable from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the YWCA through Children’s Alley, for ages 1.5 – 12 years old. This is offered on a sliding scale. Please call 303-449-1951 for more information.
NOTE: Please do not wear scents, perfumes or products with fragrances to the meeting as there are people in the group who are chemically sensitive.