That Elusive Freedom of Heart: Autumn’s Offerings for Meditation & Mindfulness

MeditatingLYCWe cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.” – Zhuangzi

Happy September!

Most of the summers in my life have blended together, remembered mostly by which desk I sat behind for work, or by the stressful final weeks of preparation for annual international board meetings.  Every summer as an adult, moments of sad longing for carefree and spacious childhood summers would rise like a lost sailboat riding the ocean’s waves, only to plunge back into the business of life, forgotten until the next wave came along.  The ironic thing being that most of my childhood summers weren’t all that carefree either!  It was simply a matter of longing for some elusive freedom of heart.

This summer was much different.  It was actually one of the better summers I’ve had in my adult life, I felt a bit freer and more spacious, a fact which I attribute directly to my daily meditation and mindfulness practice.  Through my practice I’ve found that the time once taken up by trying to control things I had little control over, has freed me up to do more of what I love, like reading, writing poetry, drawing, listening to music, and being in nature.  The time once taken up by judging, blaming, and hating others has been freed up to practice lovingkindness, compassion, and gratitude.  And, more often than not, I am touching upon that freedom of heart I once found so elusive.

If you would like to learn more about my programs, and perhaps also find that elusive freedom of heart, I would love to meet you.  I have a number of offerings in the local MetroWest area that are listed below.  I also teach a new meditation & mindfulness program at the McAuliffe Regional Charter School (6th – 8th Grade) in Framingham, co-teach a new yoga & meditation program for 9th graders at the Holliston Public School, offer corporate wellness, and work with individuals and groups in the privacy of their own homes.

On a final note, I am honored to have been accepted into the Warriors at Ease certification program for meditation instructors, and look forward to offering meditation later next year for our active military, veterans, families, and healthcare staff, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma.

Light & Love,

A listing of current programs is regularly updated on my home page

(photo courtesy: Debbie Helbing)

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