From the earliest times of great explorers of the mind to the present day mindfulness movement, the support of spending time with other mindfulness practitioners has been considered a jewel which ornaments our personal path. Friendship and community based on a shared mindfulness practice is analogous to a string of pearls. Each pearl, having been shaped by the natural irritant of life’s stresses and challenges, glistens with natural beauty. The thread that connects us is the heart’s joy and tenderness about human existence.
As humans we rely on communities. For the mindfulness practitioner who has completed a course or attended a retreat, the question of how and where to make a connection to a community of other practitioners commonly arises.
The Center for Courageous Living offers several ways to gather in community ~
Wisdom Circles are groups of 6-8 people who commit to a minimum of one 5-session series that includes guided meditation, personal sharing, facilitated discussion (often based on a book), and teachings. In general, these groups continue over the course of a year and can extend to a multi-year community.
Weekly Sangha* meets for an hour on one morning or evening and runs from September – June. The format is simple and includes a guided meditation, short wisdom talk, and community discussion. A minimum of one-month commitment is required.
*The word “sangha” refers to a community of spiritual practitioners. No need to be affiliated with any particular tradition!
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