Every Monday from 6:30-7:30pm we come together as a group to practice mindfulness meditation in the Mission district of San Francisco at the SF Dharma Collective. I’m a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and we’ll practice using a variety of evidence based methods designed to mitigate stress and anxiety, improve sleep, increase empathy and compassion, and promote overall well-being. Come as you are. We have mats, cushions and chairs. These sessions are also excellent for those either in, or just finishing a MBSR or MBCT series.
In each class, there will be guided meditation, a talk about the practice and community Q&A. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. All are welcome.
Suggested donation is $10-20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Book Here
SF Dharma Collective
2701 Folsom St
San Francisco, California
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Teacher: Dan Petrie:
Since 2005, I have been practicing mindfulness, meditation and studying the dharma. I began learning about mindfulness at a young after learning it can help with anxiety. This later led me to dedicating myself more fully to mindfulness meditation and dharma study. In 2017 I became a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. In addition to my years of secular mindfulness training, I’ve also studied extensively in the Vipassana and Zen traditions under teachers Howard Cohn of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, as well as Abbot Charles Tenshin Roshi and Vice-Abbot David Jokai Blackwell of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.
What is Mindfulness?
Many people think mindfulness is solely the act of meditation, and about clearing your mind to where there are no thoughts occurring. The image of a person sitting with their legs folded, eyes closed in a blissful looking “state” is a common image that the media has produced. While mindfulness can involve meditation, that’s just one form of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness can be practiced in any moment of day to day life. One of my favorite definitions of mindfulness comes from one of my teachers at UCLA, Diana Winston who says “mindful awareness is paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is”. Lately, I’ve been contemplating the variety of mindfulness definitions, and an even simpler way to think about it might be “being aware of being aware”. Mindfulness can be practiced in a seated meditation style, while walking, eating, cooking or even while writing an email.