Mindful Metta Mondays
Start Your Week Alive, Empowered
This summer the course will run each month for four weeks on Monday nights
June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016, 7pm-8pm
July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2016, 7pm-8pm
August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 2016, 7pm-8pm
HEARTWOOD CENTER, INC.
1818 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202
4-week course $72 ($18/class) or $20 Drop in
When we cultivate our natural capacity for opening the heart and allowing it to blossom, we get closer to the best versions of ourselves. Metta or loving kindness is a powerful transformative practice that deepens recognition of our profound interconnection with all living things, allowing us to experience this sense of connection, even with the difficult people in our lives. Insights are sharpened and equanimity is accessed when we integrated Mindfulness Meditation and Metta with Contemplative Writing, This course will help you develop and deepen your:
- Authentic Happiness
Metta helps us awaken our hearts into a sense of spacious freedom, allowing us to bring greater loving kindness into everyday life, work and love. As we gain greater clarity and insight into our own hearts and minds by bringing attention to how we think, speak and act, we can open to a whole new, more discerning and caring way for engaging with ourselves and others.
As you develop your practice, you’ll see the fruits of greater loving kindness everywhere. This ongoing/repeatable class will help you sustain your practice and nurture the qualities of loving kindness with direction instruction, guided meditation and contemplative writing. There will also be plenty of opportunities for conversation and communal support for your practice.
The more you practice, the greater the gifts. You will:
- Feel your stress and tension dissolve.
- Loosen the grip of tightening fear in the heart and feel it turn into open and spacious caring.
- Experience a sense of ongoing renewal, peace, and confidence arising from your own loving kindness practices
It’s not surprising that many people consider calming the mind through meditation as first step to a more peaceful, less stress-filled life. Yet, compassion and loving kindness have the power of water, a gentle force for courage allied with wisdom. Enjoy the peace of offering the gift of your compassion for others as we hold them quietly in our hearts.
Through cultivating empathy and understanding we expand our capacities for resolving conflicts and strengthen and multiply our possibilities for creatively easing suffering in the world and in our own hearts.
This course is for both new and experienced meditators. Bring a notebook and your favorite writing implement. You may bring a meditation cushion or bench if you like, but we also provide everything you need to be comfortable.
4-week course $72 ($18/class) or $20 Drop-in
Includes access to free online audio for guided meditation practice at home
Register by calling Hillary at 312-714-4563 (Please leave a clear message if no answer)
Thank you. I look forward to practicing with you soon.
With Metta, Hillary
Mindfulness Meditation, Movement and Writing!
MINI-RETREAT SPRING DATES:
Let’s start spring with a spiritual clean out. After a long winter it’s good to cleanse not only the body but the heart and mind too. Get ready to move closer to finding your own unique gifts and the capacity to share them with the world.
Discover how you can compassionately transform your heart and mind for greater peace and happiness.
You will learn:
- to cultivate gentle yet sharp and clear awareness of the body and mind
- how to apply the lessons of your newly developing awareness from formal practice to your every day life
- how to hold yourself with greater compassion and acceptance
- how to work with “negative” emotions
- how to create greater sense of flow in your life
- how to find your own happiness right here and now
The best attitude to come to the class with is this: simply open curiosity to see what will happen. I can’t tell you what will change for you, but I can promise you that if you come, something will indeed change.
Sound good? Sign up now!
Registration and payment required to reserve your spot.
What to bring:
- wear soft, comfy clothes- layers are good
- journal or notebook
- something to write with
- yoga mat
Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: 4/21 (6-8pm), 5/15 (12-2pm), 6/16 (6-8pm)
Tuition: $30 per session
Sign up now. Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.
WE ARE EASILY ACCESSED VIA PUBLIC TRANSIT
FREE STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE
Want more individual attention?
Check out our 8-session Zen and the Art of Living one-on-one coaching.
Saturday Meditation Happy Hour
Do you sometimes wonder how you got here, when driving, taking the El, or walking from one room to another because you realize you have no idea where you’ve been?
Do you want to feel more inner happiness and peace?
Do you want to feel better able to deal with life’s many difficulties and challenges?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, meditation can help.
Jack Kornfield advises us that each aspect of our meditation will open in its own time, like a flower.
- increase focus and concentration
- adapt better to change
- learn to deal with difficult emotions
- increase compassion for your self and others
- see the bigger picture
- and much more
WHEN: Saturdays 9-10am
WHERE: 1839 S Halsted
And please, bring friends!
Tai Chi Yang 24 Form
Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!
The most popular form of tai chi in the world, perfect for all ages. This mindful meditation reduces stress, increases immunity and helps us great each moment with more grace. We begin with basic movements and slowly build from there. If you’re tired of feeling like you are always rushing around and want to enjoy greater softness of heart, mind and body, this is the class for you!
Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: Saturdays 10-10:45
Drop in tuition: $25/class
Got any questions? Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.
Zen and the Art of Writing
Calling all writers! Feeling blocked? No worries, that’s about to end.
Increasing the capacity for our greatest creativity has long been associated with calming the mind, letting go of stress and allowing the great river of our creativity to flow forth as the mighty river it is.
This class will be an adventure in writing from a place of mindfulness. We’ll start with a short guided meditation and then write from that quiet open place and see what emerges. This workshop is designed for writers in any genre and at any level of experience. We’ll use fun exercises and poetic prompts to get you into the writing.
Come with any open mind, a willingness to take the plunge and your notebook and pen or pencil.
Leave your internal censors at the door. You won’t be needing them. If you want to write something, whether fiction, non-fiction or poetry, this class is for you!
What to bring
Bring a notebook and your favorite writing implements and an open mind.
Ruby Slippers Workshops
Happiness Hacks Part One: A Ruby Slippers Workshop
“What Are Your Ruby Slippers?” is a guided mind/ body/ art exploration of our life journeys – helping you find the way to more love, family, connection, heart, wisdom etc. In the “Wizard of Oz,” the ruby slippers were the symbol, the magic charm or tool that helped Dorothy find her Way and her happiness. Our workshops will help you find yours!
You will be guided through simple mind/body exercises that develop inner strength and power; explore the meaning of the Hero’s Journey and how it relates to your own life; then draw/write/play to create your own mythic journey tale revealing what had been hidden, the magic tool or charm, symbol which represents the key to opening doors to new adventures. You’ll be ready to bring your own magic charm back from the adventure to the regular world to be realized in full.
These workshops are grounded in ancient wisdom and groundbreaking neuroscience and are for anyone who wants to develop a richer, more empowered life of greater meaning and joy. Workshops available which focus on career, healing from trauma, or love.
You will learn to ground yourself in the present moment; train your brain to develop power by uniting body & mind; find the significant symbol that can help you grow right now, describe your present state of being, what you’d like to change and imagine the future bliss of how your life could be if you make use of your magic tool on your own Hero’s Journey to move towards that which your heart most desires.
What will be provided
E-hand outs, love and encouragement!
Happiness Hacks Part Two: A Ruby Slippers Workshop
“What Are Your Ruby Slippers?” is a series of classes offering guided explorations of our life’s journey, using mind/body practices and positive psychology tools to help you find your way to more love, family, connection, heart, wisdom etc. In the “Wizard of Oz,” the ruby slippers were Dorothy’s magic charm or tool that helped her find her Way to the happiness she was seeking. This class will help you identify your own tools for creating positive change.
Most of the time, we tend to believe that change necessarily arises only when we identify and list all the stuff that went wrong, all of our or someone else’s grievances. Turns out, as the song says, “it ain’t necessarily so. In fact, focusing on the negative just makes us defensive, depressed and may keep us stuck in places or behaviors where we don’t want to be. This workshop will help you find ways to create change by focusing on what’s working well. These tools work whether you seek personal or professional transformation.
You will learn to ground yourself in the present moment; embody calm confidence and power; find something wonderful you’d like to bring into your life; identify your strengths; make specific steps to create positive change.
So come on and bring friends! This a great class for groups and co-workers.
What to bring
Notebook/journal and something to write with
What will be provided
Students will receive virtual take home packet to help keep them inspired (and save trees!)
Happiness Hacks For Women: A Ruby Slippers Workshop
Dates: By Appointment
It may come as no surprise to you that women feel chronically under-empowered. However the key to changing that is in our own hands. Come learn practices that will help you feel authentically more yourself, more comfortable, more empowered, confident and strong.
Some of what you’ll learn:
- How to change your brain’s chemistry for the positive
- How to be authentically more confident by changes body language and hormones
- How to reduce stress by embracing change
- How to increase happiness that leads to success
- Simple daily tools for happier living
- About the connection between compassion and happiness
Includes course materials. Two 2.5-hour sessions. Workshops can be arranged just for you or for a group’s special interests or concerns too. We can do this course in person or online, by the way, via Skype or Google Hangout.
What to bring
Notebook/journal and something to write with.
Meditation Happy Hour
Ease into your weekend by giving yourself some headspace and much needed balance in body and mind.
Let your tension and stress melt away with an hour of gentle, mindful movement, stress management tips, and guided meditation. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by stress, this class is for you!
Students learn by interacting and sharing in this fun, interactive, experiential class. You’ll learn to create mental space, cultivate emotional intelligence, work with negative emotions, and do quick centering strategies that you can use anytime.
Come as you are. No special clothing or gear needed, though I suggest you can bring a notebook to record your new happy insights. And don’t let the picture scare you. You can sit on a chair if you like. But if you have a meditation cushion or bench, feel free to bring it along!
What to bring
A notebook and writing implement.
Unleash Your sHERO Super Powers!
The time has come! Bring your inner super-shero out into the world and grab what’s yours!
If you’ve ever felt fearful, unsure if you’re worthy enough for love or money or anything else, this class is for you! Whether you think your avatar might be Catwoman, Vixen, Wonder Woman, Sailor Moon, Buffy or someone else; join us for a fun class that will show you how to cultivate confidence, power and vulnerability, in a way that is authentically you.
The worlds of neuroscience, social psychology, and social work has proven us that the real secrets for our thriving and flourishing are inside us already. Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about the Power Pose, is one of the most viewed of all TED talks ever! We’ll help you make sense of what she says and transform your body and mind for greater confidence. We’ll also draw on the wisdom of Brené Brown, another power TED talker, when we talk about what gets in the way of our innate power, courage, confidence and authenticity.
Then we’ll get into examining the unique qualities of various female super heroes or sheroes as we like to call them, and help you find the qualities which most resonate with you and discover how to put them to work making you feel stronger and ready to take on the whole world. You’ll leave knowing who your avatar is and how to pull those strengths into your everyday life.
Just bring a notebook along for recording your thoughts and insights. We’ll take care of the rest.
Stress Relief Here! We’ll help you feel clear, calm and focused. You’ll gain the skills you need to accomplish your goals.
Our coaching makes use of mindfulness, positive psychology as well as tools from the human potential movement.
Meet once a week for personalized stress-reduction using mindfulness practices, meditation, movement (qigong or tai chi) and positive psychology to transform your whole self.
$75/hr by appointment, 24-hr notice required for cancellation
Package of one-on-one and phone sessions also available. Two one hour face to face visits supported by two 30 minute sessions on the phone. $300
Let me ask you a question?
If there was one thing you wanted, very, very much, to change in your life right now, what would it be?
So why not sign up now for workshops or classes that can help transform your life as you find your true Way?
And thanks for stopping by. I wish you peace, happiness and fulfillment.