Thursday Insight Meditation Group
FORMAT CHANGE: The group is now meeting in a dedicated format, for which one must sign up in advance. 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.
The group is not meeting until the new series starts on Sept. 14 th.
Focus the Mind, Gladden the Heart
Dedicated Practitioner Group
Led by Peter Williams
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sept. 14 – Dec. 14, 2017 (No meetings on Nov. 2, Nov. 23)
YWCA, 2222 14th St., downtown Boulder
As much as we want to be aware and present, we often find it difficult. Our meditation practice can feel distracted and frustrating. The series will explore special ways to increase meditative concentration, which makes meditation that much more satisfying. We will explore: wise effort, or what really works to make us more mindful; how to meditate when the mind is highly distracted; and meditative approaches based on kindness and positivity that help the mind concentrate. The more we focus the mind, the happier the heart feels.
The series will also focus on what in our lives helps us be happy. We will focus on overcoming habits that rob us of joy, such as judging and comparing, while cultivating helpful habits such as focusing on the positive, gratitude, humor, and playfulness. In addition, the meditative skill of letting go itself lightens our heart.
Exploring the content of this 12-week series with the same dedicated practitioners creates strong group support and community.
Suggested donation: $195. 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.
Join Peter’s email list: On the list you will get announcements of new talks, essays, and meditation instructions as well as Peter’s retreat announcements. Join here
Peter Williams has practiced meditation for 24 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He has taught meditation since 2003 and has completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Peter also practices as a psychotherapist, specializing in using mindfulness and other spiritual approaches to heal emotional distress. In addition to teaching retreats and dedicated practitioner groups, Peter has taught mindfulness to diverse groups, from Colorado juvenile justices to school teachers to environmentalists.
In a previous career, Peter worked for 18 years in the ecological field as: An environmental educator for Massachusetts Audubon Society, a wildlife biologist and lecturer in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, and as a consulting ecologist for the Nature Conservancy and the U. S. Forest Service. He served as a board member of the Vermont Wetlands Association. He is currently on the board of the newly created Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center near Boulder. Peter has a special passion for teaching meditation in nature and for bringing spiritual perspectives to advocating for the environment.