8 – Weeks to Happiness Class

We know now that not only does meditation change the brain and produce positive affective changes in our emotional states but it also fundamentally improves the total ability for the body to respond to physical challenges like sickness and inflammation, and even how our genes express themselves. Research now shows too, that meditation connects us to our innate, inborn goodness with which we are all born. This innate goodness and compassion though is like any muscle or skill, it needs the support of practice to grow stronger and sustain us throughout the life course. (Davidson, 2014)

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The world is in a special place right now, precarious and delicate. Some of these troubles, in terms of climate change are a direct result of human activity which has negatively impacted our blue jewel, our mother earth. This can happen because maybe we feel separate from nature, as if we were somehow outside of nature. As Einstein so beautifully put it, this is not the case at all:

” A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

from philosophicalanthropology.blogspot.com
from philosophicalanthropology.blogspot.com

Thankfully, we are in a place in time where if we pay attention, giving the gift of love to ourselves and our earth, we can help shift the balance and work together to sustain ourselves and our planet with compassion and mindfulness.

If this sounds interesting to you, and you’d really like to change your brain and transform your heart and mind, this is the place to do it. We  know now that not only does meditation change the brain and produce positive affective changes in our emotional states but it also fundamentally improves the total ability for the body to respond to physical challenges like sickness and inflammation, and even how our genes express themselves. Research now shows too, that meditation connects us to our innate, inborn goodness with which we are all born. This innate goodness and compassion though is like any muscle or skill, it needs the support of practice to grow stronger and sustain us throughout the life course. (Davidson, 2014)

The walking Buddha statue in front of the meditation hall at the Mid-America Buddhist Association
The walking Buddha: His calm demeanor is a visual reminder of how we might move through the world, mindful of the impact all our steps, our actions have on the world and other living beings.

This eight week course, based in part of the teachings of Tara Brach, will guide you through meditations, gentle mindful movement, and practices that will open your heart and mind and gently transform your life so that you can experience happiness, peace and compassion in your every day life.

The registration deadline is Oct. 28th. You can reserve your spot by sending a check for $550, which includes all course materials, books etc. All you need to do in bring yourself and a yoga matt, a notebook and something to write with. If paying online or with a credit card is what you prefer, please let me know.

The mailing address is:

Hillary Johnson

816 W 19th St

No 2

Chicago, IL 60608

Please let me know if you have any questions at all. And please, consider sharing the link to the course with a friend, family member or colleague.

May you be free of suffering. May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings find joy and ease.

Jeremiah

(Photo by Dave Tepper Photography – Copyright Dave Tepper)

Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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