â€œLoving ourselves points us to capacities of resilience, compassion, and understanding within that are simply part of being alive." Kristin Neff
As human beings, we inevitably experience pain, difficulty, happiness and joy - " they are integral to our existence. Mindfulness Meditation is an invaluable practice and support for us, deeply healing our anguish in times of suffering, and enhancing our capacity to be fully present for all of our experiences.
Mindfulness: Our innate capacity to be aware of our present-moment experience. Mindful awareness gives us the ability to connect with our inner resources of steadiness, wisdom and compassion that support us to meet our experience with immediacy, clarity and kindness.
Lovingkindness: Our heartâ€™s natural, unconditional friendliness and goodwill towards ourselves and others. Instead of feeling separate and alone, we open to a deeper and kind connection with ourselves and all beings.
Self-Compassion: Meeting our pain and suffering in the same way we would respond to a friend or a loved one. As self-compassion grows, we discover that, no matter how difficult our circumstances may be, being with ourselves in a loving way makes our challenges easier to bear.
If you are seeking an opportunity to learn or to deepen your meditation practice in a supportive group experience with others who wish to do the same, Dana, who has been practising meditation for thirty years, offers courses. Dana has a unique ability to skillfully and delicately guide each participantâ€™s personal practice. Please look at her current course schedule.