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An Antidote to Fear: Loving Kindness | 5-Week Training in Loving Kindness Meditation with Rachel Hammerman | 7-9PM

Jun
23

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm |  June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21
All classes held live virtually via Zoom; classes will be recorded.

Registration:$120/ THUS members:$107.50 (there is no single session registration) | REGISTER HERE
Scholarship funds are available to participate via a sliding fee scale. Please inquire for financial assistance here: [email protected]

Loving Kindness (Metta in Pali) was originally taught by the Buddha 2600 years ago as an antidote to fear. In these uncertain, isolating and anxious times, we will undertake a 5-week training in Loving Kindness meditation as a means of connecting with oneself and all of life through an attitude of unconditional gentleness and friendliness. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Research has shown that just 7 minutes of Loving Kindness practice per day impacts the brain. Over time, the practice can relieve stress, soothe anxiety, dissolve feelings of loneliness, neutralize the inner-critic with self-compassion, improve relationships, strengthen resiliency and enhance one’s overall ability to work, speak and live with ease.

Week by week we will stretch our heart’s capacity to open by experimenting with whom we we pay attention to and how. We’ll gather our full attention and silently repeat simple phrases of wishing well to various categories of beings – ourselves, our benefactors, friends, random people, difficult people and situations, and all of life. In this way, we change the way we pay attention to life – which changes our hearts and minds.

As one of the four Brahmavihara’s, or “sublime abidings,” Loving Kindness practice is a vehicle for training in compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity – four immeasurable heart qualities that serve to turn our inner experience into a place of refuge in even the most difficult times.

Each live 2-hour virtual class includes talks, guided meditation, Q&A and group exercises. Students are provided with guided audio meditations and asked to maintain a daily practice. The book Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg is used as source material and supplemental readings will be recommended each week (students are advised to obtain their own copy).

Registration:$120/ THUS members:$107.50 (there is no single session registration) | REGISTER HERE
Scholarship funds are available to participate via a sliding fee scale. Please inquire for financial assistance here: [email protected]


Rachel Hammerman is a meditation teacher and executive coach. She is a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, the Community Meditation Center of New York, and the Tibet House US. Rachel is certified to teach mindfulness by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and by Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward’s Mindfulness Training Institute. She has completed The Nalanda Institute’s 2-year Contemplative Psychotherapy Certificate Program and participated in Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training. Rachel is grateful to share teachings and practices she received from teachers including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Joe Loizzo, Bob Thurman, Bart Van Melik and dharma mentors Oren Jay Sofer, Mark Coleman, Allan Lokos and Devon & Craig Hase. As a coach, Rachel synthesizes insight meditation with nearly 20 years of strategic communications experience to help people grow their business, set career direction and communicate with ease. She received a B.A. from Tufts University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. For more info, visit: www.RachelHammerman.com.

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NY United States