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    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 25
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    The Center for Action and Contemplation hosted a conference on the Trinity back in May of 2017. CML purchased the talks from the conference and has curated the best talks for showing and discussion. 

    Join us for a day of 3 facilitated discussions highlighting each of the three main presenters at the conference; we will watch excerpts from their talks at the conference, and reflect on how it fits with and challenges our own worldview. Plan to bring your lunch or visit one of the restaurants along Main Street. 

    This program is being offered at no charge to members as a thank you for their support of our work! 

    Facilitated by Margy Oehmig, Krista Seckinger and Andrea Aaron. 

    More about the Trinity Conference: We find the pattern of dynamic relationship in the very structure of the atom, in our families, in ecosystems and economies. It is a pattern of mutual giving and receiving: in a word, Love. If Trinity is the model for Creation (Genesis 1:26-27), then it is a relational, benevolent universe.

    Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Paul Young believe the Trinity—fully experienced and enjoyed—has the capacity to change everything. We already participate within this dance whether we realize it or not. But when we consciously engage in loving communion, we open ourselves to being transformed at the deepest levels.


    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 12
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    Take a respite from the holiday crush of busy-ness with and hour and a half of delicious Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) combined with deeply restorative poses that will leave you refreshed and ready for your evening festivities.

    Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of introducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.  During the practice, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. We will have a brief period of gentle movement then recline for the remainder of the class. Sue's voice will lead you through the practice. At the beginning you will be asked to form a mental resolve, a sankalpa. You might want to think about this before class. It should be stated in a brief and clear form, and in the present tense. Such as... My health is improving day by day, I feel gratitude for my life, and so forth.

    You do not go to sleep but you may experience very deep relaxation that is said to equal several hours of sleep. Mats, blankets, and eye covers will be provided but please feel free to bring your own, if you wish. Wear warm socks and even mittens if you tend to get chilly while lying still.

    Led by Sue Reynolds. Registration is being limited to 12 participants to maximize relaxation, so register today to ensure your spot. 

    • 06 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street Suite 150
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    This daylong event is an opportunity for a period of extended practice, silence and mindfulness. Janka Livoncova will be facilitating the day's schedule. The day will begin and end with some short instruction to help frame the New Year.


    There will be alternating periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a mid-day lunch break to practice mindful eating. Some meditation and/or mindfulness experience is suggested, as instructions will be minimal so that the emphasis will be on cultivating one's practice. Silence will be maintained throughout the day. Bring your lunch, wear comfortable clothing, and bring any additional appropriate props you will need for your sitting meditation practice (the Center has cushions, bolsters and chairs).

    Appropriate for all tradition backgrounds. Come join us for the entire day or for a couple of hours, to deepen your practice, support and be supported by the practice of others, and to spend the day intentionally cultivating our capacity to be present.

    Suggested Donation $25
    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 20
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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically validated, secular, intensive 8-week course designed to empower participants through meditative awareness to take an active role in the management of their own health and wellness. MBSR teaches the practice of mindfulness through meditation, yoga, and awareness brought into our everyday lives. This course was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and completely revised in 2014. Currently, there are over 200 medical centers and many other health related organizations  in the United States and Europe that teach MBSR programs. More information about some of the recent research into the health benefits of MBSR is available HERE

    It consists of eight 2.5-hour weekly classes and one 7-hour experiential retreat held on Saturday. In total there are 27 in person class hours.

    On Friday January the 5th at 6pm there will be a one hour intake and orientation class conducted online on the zoom platform. On Friday morning (1/5/18) you will be sent a link and can attend either via computer or phone.


    Who Will Benefit


    Three decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the 8-week program report greater ability  to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations. By learning to actively participate in the management of their health and well being, many participants report they are better able to manage stress, fear, anger, anxiety and depression both at home and in the workplace. Though people taking the MBSR class may come from all walks of life, they share one thing in common: a desire to find more balance, peace and happiness in their lives.


    What to Expect

    Weekly classes will include lecture, group discussion and experiential learning, with an all-day Saturday session after the 6th week. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 45-60 minutes a day. The 8-week course will include:
    • Guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices.

    • Gentle stretching and mindful movement.

    • Practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life.

    • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life. 

    • Email and phone support.

    • Dedicated learning platform with home practice materials (audio downloads and written handouts) and additional instructional videos.



    Instructors: Janka Livoncova, is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group. Janka completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.


    Rod Francis -As well as a diverse career through international performing arts and business, Rod has been teaching for almost 30 years and coaching & mentoring for over a decade. He is currently working alongside leading mind/body expert Dr Mark Atkinson creating and delivering the Bulletproof Coach Training program, and has trained with numerous leaders from the worlds of coaching, personal development and Positive Psychology.

    Rod has had a meditation practice for approximately three decades and has sat many teacher led retreats in the Insight tradition including several with his guiding teacher Yanai Postelnik. Rod also sat the MBSR in Mind Body Medicine retreat with the program’s founder Jon Kabat-Zinn and is currently formally qualifying as an MBSR teacher with the Umass teacher program.

    Please contact Janka at 423-488-5406 or janka@breathingbody.net if you have any questions, prior to registration, about how this course is structured, the level of work involved, and any other inquiries you may have about what this course entails.

    Cost (includes materials):

    $400

    Registration closes on January 4, 2018

    Cancellation policy:
    Full refunds available up to 5 days before the start of the class.  

    Once you have registered, return here to download this information form MBSR application JL .docx and return to MBSR at the Center for Mindful Living by January 4, 2018. (This information is requested to help Janka and Rod tailor the class to participants and will be kept strictly confidential. If you do not wish to write down relevant information, please contact Janka, 423-488-5406) 


    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
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    Enter 2018 with more inner freedom. Create a new relationship with your most challenging emotions: shame, anger, fear, and sadness. The very emotions we avoid are our pathways to personal insight and wisdom. When we can move through, rather than avoid, we experience greater ability to return to a sense of well-being with new perspective. Practice accepting and transforming these complex emotions using self-compassion and ritual in a supportive community. 

    Led by Julie L. Brown, LPC, MHSP. Julie is a Vanderbilt trained psychotherapist, with over 20 years working with individuals. She now specializes in complex trauma and psychological blocks. She uses mindfulness and Brainspotting, an advanced EMDR technique, to help her clients release judgements that are holding them back.  She has also worked as a group trainer for corporations. 

    • 21 Jan 2018
    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Suite 150, Chattanooga, TN 37408
    • 15
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    Middle School can be a wild and wacky time - body changes, friend changes, and intense emotions. For sensitive kids, perfectionists, worriers, or those who struggle with attention, it can be a lot to learn to deal with! Especially designed with the tween and early teen in mind, this class will equip them with knowledge about  how their minds work and teach some fundamentals of attention, mindfulness and more!

    The curriculum of this class series will include movement, breath work, learning about how the brain works, self-reflection, and emotion/thought process information. There will be a weekly "homework assignment" for each attendee that will be different activities to support the teachings of the class. 

    This class is for 6th-8th graders and is a 4 week series focusing on mindfulness for middle schoolers.

    Led by Beth Vandergraph.

    Beth is both an educator and a student of children. Currently a Reading Coach for HCDE, she has worked with children for more than 20 years in a variety of settings, has practiced yoga for nearly a decade and began teaching young people about mindfulness 3 years ago. She is inspired by the spontaneity, receptivity, and courage young people bring to new moments. 

    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 20
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    Cultivating the Heart of Love

    A Five Week Course on Lovingkindness and Compassion



    Five Mondays 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19

    6:00 - 7:30 pm


    Fee: $125 members, $135 non-members

    This 5-week course will focus on the practices of Mindfulness, Lovingkindness and Compassion. All of these practices strengthen self-confidence, self-acceptance and steadiness of mind and heart, revealing our fundamental kindness. Practices of lovingkindness and compassion allow us to keep our hearts open in moments of struggle and suffering, while mindfulness allows us to see clearly our experience, discern options and make wise choices.

    You will learn the formal meditation practices that develop these qualities and their practical applications in your relationships with yourself, others and the rest of your life.

    Each class will include guided meditations, experiential exercises, instructive talks and a group discussion. Every week you will receive homework suggestions to help you incorporate and skillfully apply the teachings and practices covered in the class into your daily life. Once the class starts you will receive access to the dedicated learning platform containing home practice materials including downloadable guided meditations and written handouts.

    For more information on the health benefits of these practices, click HERE

    It is recommended that participants have completed Mindfulness for Beginners, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and/or have a regular personal meditation practice prior to attending this offering.

    Led by Janka Livoncova - Janka Livoncova is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group. 

    Janka completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 20
    Register

    A Daylong Retreat led by Janka Livoncova


    Like the practice of compassion, forgiveness does not ignore the truth of our suffering.  Forgiveness is not weak.  It demands courage and integrity.  Yet only forgiveness and love can bring about the peace we long for. - Jack Kornfield

    We all know that forgiveness is a wonderful idea and a spiritually evolved thing to do - that is until we have something to forgive. It is only then we realize that unforgiving is the default and that forgiveness is a process, which requires great care and attention. During this retreat we will be cultivating a forgiving heart and mind, a heart that has the capacity to live with openness and trust, and a mind that no longer carries the burdens of the past, endlessly replaying hurt and pain.


    Through the practice of forgiveness we will learn how to meet the hurt of betrayal, loss and anger with understanding, compassion and courage. We will practice releasing our hearts from the pain of resentment, anger and fear to find peace and ease in our lives.


    This day long workshop will be held in silence and will include:

    • guided meditations,

    • instructive talks,

    • walking meditations,

    • group discussions,

    • time for personal reflections and journaling.

    The silence will end at 4pm and we will finish with a half-hour dedicated to questions.


    Cost: $25 registration plus Dana* for the instructor.


    Please bring your own lunch, and a favorite cushion if that's important to you. Wear clothing you can layer according to comfort.

    It is recommended that participants have completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course or equivalent program and have a personal meditation /contemplative practice in order to attend this retreat.


    About Dana Practice:
    There will be an opportunity to offer Dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat (financial contributions in the form of a check or cash). The registration fee covers only the administration fees and rental of the space.

    Dana is the time-honored ethic and tradition of expressing gratitude through generosity that Janka is dedicated to keeping alive by freely offering the teachings and her guidance. What this means is that she receives no compensation for teaching retreats, and relies instead on the generosity of retreat participants. Your contributions will help Janka continue to lead a life devoted to teaching. Your gifts also allow her to take time for her own practice, ensuring that her teachings are continuously enriched.


    Read more about dana practice.

    Read about the wisdom of giving.



    Led by Janka Livoncova - Janka Livoncova is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group. 

    Janka completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.


                                                 
   
Center for Mindful Living                       400 East Main, Suite 150
          Chattanooga, TN 37408
                       423.486.1279
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