Meditation In Everyday Life:
A 5-Week Series
with Geoff Cox
Mondays, Sept 18 - Oct 16
7:30 - 9:00 PM
While meditation has many benefits, establishing a consistent personal practice can be extremely challenging for both new and experienced meditators alike. This is a perfect course for you whether you have never tried meditation, tried it and decided "it is not for me" or "I am no good at this", or whether you are an experienced meditator looking to connect with community and go deeper with your practice.
This five-week Mindfulness Meditation program is designed to help new and experienced meditators develop a regular practice and bring the benefits of mindfulness meditation to their daily lives. As we begin to practice on a regular basis, we learn to relax and simply be with whatever is going on in our lives. Over time, this meditation helps us to cultivate courage, humor, and stability in the face of daily complexities of jobs, relationships, and all aspects of daily life.
As a theme throughout the course, we’ll explore how creating stability and gentleness in our minds can expand outward to benefit our friends, family, neighbors, and society as a whole.
Meditation in Everyday Life is the first class in Shambhala Training, a complete path of weekly classes and weekend retreats that provides a comprehensive overview of mindfulness and contemplative meditation techniques. In addition, Shambhala Training presents profound, simple and incredibly relevant teachings on how we can bring our meditation practice into every facet of daily life.
About the Teacher
Geoff Cox is a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has been practicing and studying meditation for over ten years. He teaches meditation at UVA, leads teen and adult meditation retreats, and mentors young meditation leaders around the country in facilitating the practice of social meditation, a meditative practice in social engagement and communication. He is passionate about the connection between meditation practice, community building and creating a culture of authenticity, kindness and mindfulness. Geoff is also a licensed acupuncturist, a trauma-informed bodyworker and Qi Gong teacher, and a certified Integral Associate Coach™ and Heartmath® Coach.
Meditation in Everyday Life combines technique and view in a setting of support and community to provide you with everything you need to build a healthy, strong meditation practice.
Five 1.5 hour-long classes cover the following ground:
Class 1: Posture & Foundations of Meditation
Class 2: Breath & Feeling our Emotions
Class 3: Challenges and Solutions
Class 4: Thoughts & Understanding our Human Worthiness
Class 5: Bringing it Together & Going Out Into the World
What is Social Meditation?
Social Meditation is a set of practices designed to evoke a culture of authenticity, care and presence, where we practice bringing mindfulness into our interactions with others. We use circle practices and partner activities to explore authentic communication, mindful listening, and the bravery-vulnerability of really showing up in each moment
Who is it for? Anyone interested in exploring meditation, mindful communication and community!
Exploring Mindfulness And Connection
Hosted by Charlottesville Shambhala Meditation Group
Tuesday May1st from 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Through exploring the practices of Mindfulness Meditation, Social Meditation, and other contemplative exercises, this group supports a community-based path to mindful living.
Presence Lab is an opportunity to authentically connect with other people in the community who are interested in meditation and how it applies to our lives and the complex challenges of the world. It is a gentle, fun and dynamic environment where each person’s inherent wisdom and value is recognized & shared.
The evening will begin with a period of mindfulness meditation led by a trained meditation instructor. Following this, the group will engage in various embodied activities focused on bringing meditative awareness into our interactions with others. The evening concludes with refreshments and time for socializing in a vibrant community atmosphere. Beginners and practitioners of all levels are invited.
The Shambhala Meditation Group of Charlottesville group is part of the global Shambhala community which aspires to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society. The Shambhala vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness.
Donation: $5-15 Recommended