Mindfulness of the body is the first of the Four Establishment of Mindfulness. The Buddha spoke of the body as a source of joy and as the basis of all accomplishments leading to awakening. The body can be a place of refuge, providing a ground for the mind. It is also a vehicle for the discharge of powerful emotions. As we learn to become more connected and intimate with the body and its intelligence, the truth of our heart-mind is revealed and we can become more sensitive to what is needed to care for ourselves and others. We will also practice working with bodily pain and discomfort
In this class we will practice working with the breathing process, body scans, bodily postures, energies and activities of the body to understand how bodily sensations influence us in daily life. Guided meditations, class discussion and practice suggestions will be offered as a means to develop wisdom and calm in the midst of events of our lives.